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Bulletin 117
Revised November 1998

Trees, one of the most conspicuous features of the South Carolina landscape, have played an important role in the history and the economic development of the Palmetto State.

This tree study manual has been prepared to aid 4-H Club members, teachers, youth group leaders, and others who want to identify or to know more about the trees of our state. Since the first bulletin was issued in 1950, a total of 285,805 copies have been distributed from 20 print editions.  With this latest revision, the Familiar Trees manual is now available in two new forms--html for exploring on the Internet and portable document format (pdf) for printing purposes.  To obtain a print-quality copy of the entire Familiar Trees manual, please refer to the instructions for downloading a pdf file.

Nature has endowed South Carolina with a wide variety and abundance of trees. Although this manual does not include all the trees found in the state, it is hoped that the 60 more important and common ones covered in this manual will help stimulate observation and arouse interest and appreciation of trees — one of South Carolina’s most important renewable natural resources.


Leaf, Twig, and Fruit Characteristics Used in Tree Identification

Leaf Key for Identifying 60 Common Trees in South Carolina

Illustrations and Descriptions of Trees

Exercises for Testing Familiarity with South Carolina Trees

Prepared by George D. Kessler, Extension Forester and Professor of Forest Resources and Roland E. Schoenike, Professor of Forestry (deceased). Internet format developed by Karen Townsend and Jeanne Campbell.

The outstanding drawings of leaf, twig, bud, fruit, and flower characteristics were drawn by William Carey Grimm.  Permission to use these illustrations was kindly granted by Mr. Grimm and the Stackpole Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, publishers of The Book of Trees, written and illustrated by Mr. Grimm.