Let’s take a photographic hike through the woods to celebrate Arbor day.
What kind of trees might we see? (For more information, the links go to previous posts at Growing with Science).
We might see pine trees. Pine trees are conifers. They have needle-like leaves and cones.
Spruce trees also have needle-like leaves and cones.
Hemlocks have tiny cones.
Turns out that although it has broad leaves, this gingko is a gymnosperm so it is a member of the conifer group!
The other major group is the broadleaf trees or angiosperms.
They have flat leaves like this silver maple. Angiosprems have flowers.
The seeds come in different shapes. These are red maple keys.
Acorns are the seeds of oak trees.
Hickory nuts are seeds from a shagbark hickory.
Here in Arizona we have some lovely trees with yellow flowers and green bark called palo verdes.
Palo verde seeds form in pods.
We could go on and on, but our feet are getting tired. If you want to learn more about trees:
- See our experiment list for science experiments and activities with trees and the tree category of postsfor book reviews and activity suggestions.
- Check out the educational resources, games, and worksheets at the Arbor Day Foundation.
- Visit our growing list of children’s book about trees at Science Books for Kids.
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