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How do you identify trees in Florida?

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You can identity trees in Florida using the tree and leaf identification keys provided by the Florida Forest Service. The leaf identification key assists with recognition of trees by the leaf's unique characteristic while the tree identification key narrows down the search by location and appearance.

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services features a comprehensive list of native trees in Florida. To access this list, visit FreshFromFlorida.com and click Forms and Publications, then click Publications. On the Publications page, click Forests & Wildfire Publications. Scroll down the alphabetical list and click Forest Trees of Florida. The link to the leaf and tree identification keys is just under the Forest Trees in Florida headline. You can use the tree search tool by choosing a tree species on the dropdown menu and clicking Go. The online search tool and identification keys are provide access to information about a wide variety of native trees found in the panhandle state.

The Arbor Day Foundation also created the What Tree Is That app, a free tree identification guide that uses a step-by-step approach in identifying more than 250 trees across the United States. The app is available in mobile and full online versions.

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