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Leaf Shapes: Grouped By Similarities
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Awl-shaped
Learn More About Awl-shaped  Leaf Shapes
Squamata Juniper
(Juniperus squamata)

Scale-like
Learn More About Spatulate Leaf Shapes

Eastern arborvtae
(Thuja occidentalis)
 
Cordate
Learn More About Cordate  Leaf Shapes

Eastern Redbud
(Cercis canadensis)
Deltoid
Learn More About Deltoild  Leaf Shapes

Eastern Cottonwood
(Populus deltoides)
 
 
Lanceolate
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Leatherleaf Viburnum
(Viburnum rhytidophyllum)
Linear
Learn More About Linear Leaf Shapes

English Yew
(Taxus baccata)
 
Oblong
Learn More About Oblong Leaf Shapes

Common Privet
(Ligustrum vulgare)
 
Obovate
Learn More About Obovate Leaf Shapes

American Smoketree
(Cotinus obovatus)
Orbicular
Learn More About Orbicular Leaf Shapes

Purple Common Smoketree
(Cotinus coggygria 'Purpureus')
Ovate
Learn More About Ovate Leaf Shapes

Downy Serviceberry
(Amelanchier arborea)
Rhombic
Learn More About Rhombic Leaf Shapes

Vanhoutte spirea
(Spiraea x vanhouttei)
Spatulate
Learn More About Spatulate Leaf Shapes

Purple-leaved Japanese Barberry
(Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea')
 
Perfoliate
Learn More About Perfoliate Leaf Shapes

Trumpet Honeysuckle
(Lonicera sempervirens)
 

 

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Knowing the shape of a leaf can help identify a woody plant. There are many ways to describe a leaf’s shape, listed here are some of the preferred terms.

 

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