Minnesota Native Trees

Minnesota is home to 52 native tree species.

The first step to identify a tree is to determine whether it is coniferous or deciduous. Coniferous trees have needles and seeds in cones. Deciduous trees have leaves and covered seeds. Deciduous trees drop their leaves in the fall while coniferous trees keep their needles year round, except for tamarack which drops its needles in the fall.

To distinguish different species of trees, you need to examine the tree’s form, bark, leaf or needle, and fruit.

To learn more about Minnesota's native trees, check out the following: