A tree or a shrub?
Identifying trees outside can be harder than one might think. But by using the process of limination and your experience, it can become second nature.
One of the first things to consider is the growth form. Is it a tree or a shrub? Answering this simple question can eliminate a lot of choices.
Most tree identification books define a ‘shrub’ as a woody plant, growing to less than 5 meters in height (16 feet), with multiple stems.
A ‘tree’ is a woody plant, growing to greater than 5 meters in height (16 feet), with a single dominant stem.
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