Leaves are 3 to 6 inches long. The veins run parallel to the leaf margin. The mid-vein contains fine strands when pulled apart.
Leaves: oval to egg shaped with five or six pairs of veins
Bark: dark (red-brown), deeply checkered in an alligator hide-like pattern
Height: small bushy tree (taller in southern states: 30 to 40 ft.)
Trunk Diameter: 12 to 18 in.
Longevity: 60 to 80 yrs.
Range: southern Maine to central Florida, west to eastern Texas
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.