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Leaf Margins: Crenate

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(Cercidiphyllum japonicum)

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Japanese pieris
(Pieris japonica)
Note: The margin of the Eastern Cottonwood is a bit difficult to discern. It falls somewhere between crenate to serrate, and is even considered to be dentate in some texts. Often the description can vary because of the maturity of the leaf.
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Eastern Cottonwood
(Populus deltoides)



Leaf Margins: Crenate

Crenate margins have rounded teeth and can vary from more fine ridges (crenulate) to the rounded teeth that you see in the Katsuratree image to the left.






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2005 Gary J. Kling and Laura L. Hayden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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