HELP. DON'T HURT.
We all play an important role in conserving the trees and forests that give Philadelphia its name. Take the time to learn more about these action steps:
✓ Plant native trees and plants where you live.
✓ Care for your trees to ensure their long-term health.
✓ Identify and manage invasive species on your property.
✓ Plan for and manage your forest or woodlot.
✓ Consult a qualified professional before harvesting or pruning trees.
TREE IDENTIFICATION TIPS
Here are some tips to help you learn about Philadelphia's most common trees:
✓ Carefully study the tree you want to identify. Look at leaves, twigs, buds and any flowers or fruits.
✓ When the leaves have fallen, you can still identify trees. It takes careful study of their twigs, buds, leaf scars and bark, and a little practice.
✓ Individual trees vary in their characteristics. The amount of sun a leaf receives affects its shape. And bark often varies with the age of the tree—younger trees are often smoother and more lightly colored.
✓ Species that look similar can often be distinguished by their typical habitat.