Leaves: elliptical to oblong, leathery, serrated, high content of tannin
Branching: alternate; buds are long, like a lance, and have a golden color
Bark: smooth, light blue-gray (most distinctive feature)
Height: 70 to 80 ft.
Trunk Diameter: 2 to 3 ft.
Longevity: 300 to 400 yrs.
Tolerance: very tolerant
Range: eastern U.S., except Florida
This key was developed by "bt" in June 1982. It was put into HTML format by Stephen Ostermiller in July 1997. Copies of the entire guide in zip format that may be taken to camp on a laptop are available to those who write.