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The Science of Identifying Trees Made Simple Through Upcoming Workshops

Post Date:01/06/2020 9:00 AM

PITTSBORO, NC – Many people are intimidated by the terminology and biology used for accurate tree identification. Fortunately, most woody plants can be readily distinguished by twig, bud and bark characteristics, making winter a great time of year to learn the identity of trees and understory shrubs. The Chatham County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension is making it simple and fun to learn tree identification techniques.  

WHAT:           Tree Identification in Winter Workshops

WHEN:          Two identical sessions of the workshop are available:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–noon

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

WHERE:        Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center

1192 US Hwy 64 W. Business, Pittsboro

WHO:            Matt Jones, Extension Horticulture Agent, and the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Chatham County

This lecture and hands-on workshop on winter botany is for landowners, landscapers, farmers, park managers, naturalists and anyone curious about trees. Participants will learn about the types of tree characters used for identification, as well as how to use free, online tools (such as dichotomous keys) from NC State University. Participants will gain experience through both guided and individual practice identifying provided native tree samples. The cost is $10 per person.

For more information, including how to register, visit: or contact NC Cooperative Extension – Chatham County Center at 919-542-8202.