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ID that tree, with help from the Arbor Day Foundation


Special to The Dispatch



The Arbor Day Foundation offers an easy-to-use tree identification guide for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. 


"What Tree is That?" features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species. Full-color illustrations in precise detail depict natural colors, shapes and textures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps. 


The Arbor Day Foundation offers the book to help people identify trees in Mississippi and throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. Its unique approach for identifying the species of each tree explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves, differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds and bark. 


"Our 'What Tree Is That?' pocket guide is an ideal resource for developing a greater appreciation for trees," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that." 


"What Tree Is That?" is also available as an online interactive version at 


To obtain a tree ID guide, send your name, address and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. Or order the book online at



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