A Field Guide to Conifers

Welcome to the web-based field guide to conifers found in the Northeast United States. This field guide was created by Peter H. Kenlan as part of a field biology course taught at Brandeis University by Dan L. Perlman.

While this guide is exhaustive, it is by no means comprehensive and there are certainly additional species found in the Northeast that I was unable to include. In addition to native species, an effort has been made to include common ornamental trees.

There are a number of ways that you can use this guide, whether you want to identify an unknown conifer or you are just curious about 'what's out there'. If you are not familiar with this site, I recommend that you begin at the instructions page, which will teach you the basics of navigating this site. Otherwise, click on one of the links below to begin.

Furthermore, I would be remiss if I neglected to mention those people who helped to bring this field guide to life. This is my first attempt at a project of this kind and it would not have been successful without their support and assistance. Click on the About link in the navigation bar at the top of the screen for an acknowledgements page.

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Just want to look around? For several ways to browse, click here.
Don't know a Picea from a Pinus? For side-by-side comparisons, click here.
Have a species that you want to identify? Click here for the Dichotomous Key.
For a glossary of terms used in the field guide, click here.

Unless otherwise specified, all text and images are Copyright (c) Peter Kenlan 2002. This page may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the permission of the author.