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Guess The Tree – How Many Clues Will It Take You?

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Welcome to a journey through foliage and flower, bark and branch.

Each image is a piece of the puzzle.

Can you piece together the clues and guess the identity of this majestic tree?

Clue 1

Its younger bark is smooth and brownish or gray, but as it ages, it transforms into a thick, grooved, or plated texture.

Look closely, and you might just be able to tell which tree stands tall with this rugged coat.

GTT 1 Clue 1 - Bark

Clue 2

This sturdy giant stands with limbs outstretched, wrapped in a cloak of textured bark.

Who might be such a noble structure, towering over the gardens and parks?

GTT 1 Clue 2 - Trunk

Clue 3

Peek through the greenery and consider these glossy leaves. Edged with a lighter hue, they are evergreen, broad, and waxy.

This clue points to a tree celebrated for both its stunning foliage and its showy blossoms.

Can you name it yet?

GTT 1 Clue 3 - Leaves

Clue 4

In your hand, you may hold a clue: a leaf as smooth as leather, broad and sturdy. Its size alone might give away the tree from which it falls.

Do you know the arboreal source of this grand foliage?

GTT 1 Clue 4 - Underside of Leaf
Image by Lyrae Willis for Tree Vitalize

Clue 5

Encased in a shell that whispers of ancient tales, this tree’s fruit is an enigma, cradled by leathery leaves.

Can you unravel which majestic tree gifts us these curious fruit?

GTT 1 Clue 5 - Fruit
Image by Fern Berg for Tree Vitalize

Clue 6

Velvety buds reach for the sun, harboring blooms yet to unfold. These tender beginnings hold the promise of flowers bold.

Can you guess the tree from these clues, soft to the touch, a sight to behold?

GTT 1 Clue 6 - Flower Bud
Image by Lyrae Willis for Tree Vitalize

Clue 7

Vibrant seeds emerge from their pinkish capsules like gems on display. These seeds, once hidden, now beckon to the curious and the knowledgeable.

What’s the name of this generous tree, offering such a splendid visual clue?

GTT 1 Clue 7 - Seeds

Clue 8

A tender bud wrapped in white, soon to unfurl in the soft light.

Guarded by glossy leaves, it awaits—what tree is known for such elegant traits?

GTT 1 Clue 8 - Emerging Flower
Image by Fern Berg for Tree Vitalize

Clue 9 – Last Chance!

In full glory, it unveils a blossom pure and white, a heart of gold, a fragrance bright.

This floral crown is a tree’s pride—can you name it, where these beauties reside?

GTT Clue 9 - Flower
Image by Lyrae Willis for Tree Vitalize

Did You Guess the Tree?

(click to reveal the answer)

Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Unveiled at last, the Southern Magnolia stands grand and true, with glossy leaves and flowers bright, a timeless beauty to view.

Magnolia grandiflora, your clues were all here, from leaf to seed to bloom!

GTT 1 - Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
Image by Fern Berg for Tree Vitalize

Want More?

If the riddle of this tree has left you craving more, fear not, for another arboreal enigma awaits.

Step onto the trail once again for a journey adorned with fresh foliage, blossoms, and the whispers of bark.

Ready for your next guessing game? The path to discovery starts here!

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Fern Berg - Founder

Expert Gardener & Horticulturist in Training

Fern has planted and currently cares for over 100 different native and exotic fruit, nut, and ornamental trees. She also cultivates an extensive vegetable garden, several flower gardens and cares for an ever-growing happy family of indoor plants. Fern has a special interest in biodynamic farming, food production and closed loop agriculture. Fern founded Tree Vitalize to help guide others with an interest in tree planting, identification and care.