Exercises

This page consists of two types of exercises, each containing 20 questions.  

TREE IDENTIFICATION - Test your knowledge of South Carolina trees by seeing if you can correctly pick out trees with the following criteria.  Answers can be found within the linked descriptions of individual trees.

1.  A maple with compound leaves?

checkbox red maple
checkbox river birch
checkbox white ash
checkbox boxelder

2.  Our only native conifer to shed its leaves each winter?

checkbox red cedar
checkbox southern magnolia
checkbox baldcypress
checkbox water oak

3.  A tree with bark that peels off in thin, curling papery layers?

checkbox American beech
checkbox river birch
checkbox American hornbeam
checkbox black cherry

4.  The only native pine in the East having five needles per fascicle?

checkbox shortleaf pine
checkbox eastern white pine
checkbox loblolly pine
checkbox slash pine

5.  A tree with showy pink flowers appearing very early in spring?

checkbox red maple
checkbox eastern redbud
checkbox sourwood
checkbox flowering dogwood

6.  A tree distinguished by its smooth, light gray bark?

checkbox red maple
checkbox American beech
checkbox American hornbeam
checkbox yellow-poplar

7.  A tree with stout-branched thorns on its trunk and larger branches?

checkbox black tupelo
checkbox American holly
checkbox black locust
checkbox honey locust

8.  A tree with star-shaped leaves and twigs with corky ridges?

checkbox red maple
checkbox yellow-poplar
checkbox sweetgum
checkbox winged elm

9.  A tree with tulip-shaped leaves and large, tulip-shaped flowers?

checkbox yellow-poplar
checkbox sweetgum
checkbox water tupelo
checkbox southern magnolia

10.  A tree bearing long, drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers in summer--the source of nectar for an excellent honey?

checkbox red maple
checkbox water tupelo
checkbox sourwood
checkbox eastern redbud

11.  A pine having the longest needles of any in South Carolina?

checkbox loblolly pine
checkbox longleaf pine
checkbox shortleaf pine
checkbox pond pine

12.  A tree that has something red about it all year long?

checkbox boxelder
checkbox eastern redcedar
checkbox sugarberry
checkbox red maple

13.  A tree with short, broad, top-shaped cones that persist unopened on branches for years?

checkbox shortleaf pine
checkbox eastern white pine
checkbox pond pine
checkbox longleaf pine

14.  A tree with wood favored for furniture and fruits favored by birds?

checkbox sourwood
checkbox American holly
checkbox black cherry
checkbox longleaf pine

15.  A semi-evergreen oak, whose leaves remain green through the fall but drop gradually in late winter?

checkbox willow oak
checkbox live oak
checkbox water oak
checkbox white oak

16.  An oak with leaves that are cross-shaped in outline?

checkbox willow oak
checkbox post oak
checkbox black oak
checkbox white oak

17.  A broadleaf tree with extremely tough and durable wood?

checkbox honey locust
checkbox water tupelo
checkbox black locust
checkbox black cherry

18.  South Carolina's official state tree?

checkbox flowering dogwood
checkbox southern magnolia
checkbox cabbage palmetto
checkbox sourwood

19.  A tree with "leaves of three" (mitten-shaped, three-lobed, and elliptical) often found all on the same tree?

checkbox red maple
checkbox sassafras
checkbox black cherry
checkbox white oak

20.  A tree named for the thin, corky growths that frequently appear on smaller branches?

checkbox sweetgum
checkbox American elm
checkbox winged elm
checkbox red mulberry

 


TREE ANATOMY - Test your knowledge of twig and leaf anatomy by matching the lettered labels on the following two diagrams to names in the left column.   Answers can be found within the descriptions of leaf, twig, and fruit characteristics.

1.  bud scale scars

2.  pith

3.  leaf scar

4.  terminal bud

5.  bundle trace

6.  lenticels

7.  lateral bud

8.  node

9.  internode

10. bud scales

 

Black and white drawing of anatomy of twig exercise

 

11. leaflet

12. midrib

13. leaf apex

14. compound

15. blade

16. petiole

17. rachis

18. axilary bud

19. simple

20. leaf margin

 

 

Black and white diagram of leaf exercise

 


 

INTRODUCTION TERMINOLOGY LEAF KEY TREE LIST EXERCISES