FAMILIAR TREES OF SOUTH CAROLINA CLEMSON EXTENSION BUL 117


Exercises

This page consists of two types of exercises, each containing 20 questions.  Responses that are marked in the corresponding circle (as in the tree identification exercise) or typed in the boxes (as in the anatomy exercise) can be output to an answer sheet by clicking on the button at the very bottom of this page.   This feature may be useful for teachers wishing to check their students' work.

 

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?

red maple
river birch
white ash
boxelder

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

red cedar
southern magnolia
baldcypress
water oak

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

American beech
river birch
American hornbeam
black cherry

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

shortleaf pine
eastern white pine
loblolly pine
slash pine

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

red maple
eastern redbud
sourwood
flowering dogwood

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

red maple
American beech
American hornbeam
yellow-poplar

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

black tupelo
American holly
black locust
honey locust

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

red maple
yellow-poplar
sweetgum
winged elm

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

yellow-poplar
sweetgum
water tupelo
southern magnolia

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

red maple
water tupelo
sourwood
eastern redbud

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

loblolly pine
longleaf pine
shortleaf pine
pond pine

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

boxelder
eastern redcedar
sugarberry
red maple

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

shortleaf pine
eastern white pine
pond pine
longleaf pine

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

sourwood
American holly
black cherry
longleaf pine

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

willow oak
live oak
water oak
white oak

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

willow oak
post oak
black oak
white oak

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

honey locust
water tupelo
black locust
black cherry

18.  South Carolina's official state tree?

flowering dogwood
southern magnolia
cabbage palmetto
sourwood

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

red maple
sassafras
black cherry
white oak

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

sweetgum
American elm
winged elm
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

 

 

11. leaflet

12. midrib

13. leaf apex

14. compound

15. blade

16. petiole

17. rachis

18. axilary bud

19. simple

20. leaf margin

 

 

 


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