The homepage of our field guide to deciduous trees of the northeastern United States explains a bit about the creation of the website and is a good place to start navigating the site.


The search page allows you to browse the species found in our website by common name, scientific name, or family name. When searching by common name, keep in mind that the particular species you are looking for may not be part of this field guide or may be under another name or word arrangement, i.e. Ashleaf Maple may be found under "Boxelder" or "Maple, Ashleaf." The scientific name is written in italics and is found beneath the common name heading on each species page. The first word in the scientific name is the genus name, which is a way of grouping related species. The second word is the specific species name. Family is an umbrella term that can include many species, while species, coupled with family name, refers to one unique organism.


The glossary is a list of terms that may be helpful in familiarizing yourself with the scientific vocabulary on the website, and can be used in two ways. If you have a term you want defined, you can go directly to the glossary page. If you are navigating a species page and come across a term within the text that is blue and underlined, clicking on the link will take you directly to the term within the glossary. Keep in mind that this website may not have the term you are looking for. Also, a term may not be highlighted within the text you are reading, but it may still be included in the glossary of terms. It may be beneficial to check the glossary because your term may be there.

About Us

If you are wondering about the authors of the website, Olivia Siegel and Jill Clapp-Hansen, then you can view the about us page. It provides a photo and a quick blurb written by each of the creators of the website.


The acknowledgements page is intended to give credit to those who helped us with our website. Text and photo credits are given, as well as where you can go to find similar field guides.