This forestry key divides trees into those with needles or scale-like
leaves versus those with broad or flat leaves. The pines, cedars,
junipers, and firs are classified as conifers. They are differentiated
from the broadleaves because they have needle- like leaves.
The broadleaves are distinguished because they loose their leaves in the
late fall or winter. Broadleaf trees have large, flat leaves as opposed
to the thin needles of the conifers. Examples of broadleaf trees are the
maples, oaks, hickories, and elms.
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Contact: Paul Wray
Last Update: August 1996