Native SpeciesBalsam fir

Abies balsamea
North Berwick
ID Questioned
Quality checked by APES 7
Peer reviewed by APES 7
Field Notes
I found an American Beech in a forest habitat
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
3-5 inch long leaf
Photo of my evidence.
serrated edges
Photo of my evidence.
12 pairs of viens
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Abies balsamea
Common name:
Balsam fir
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.306330 °
W -70.778223 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
Teacher Parking
Trip date: 
Fri, 2012-10-05 08:04
Town or city: 
North Berwick
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Great Works River


American Beech was not an option to select, I e-mailed the site, and they will soon add it. Hopefully.

I don't think you have a beech tree. Beech trees have really distinctive silver bark, and the leaves are coarsely and regularly toothed with one vein per tooth. What you have looks more finely toothed and the teeth are more irregular. Those are nice leaf photos. I think this is a yellow birch.


To confirm that it's a Yellow Birch it would be good to collect some more evidence beyond just the leaves. If you scratch and sniff the bark and it has an evergreen smell to it then that would suggest it's a Yellow Birch. Also it would be nice to see some pictures of the bark because if it's a shiny, silvery gray or yellowish brown color and is separating into ribbon-like layers then it would confirm that it's a Yellow Birch.

I agree with APES 4. Can you collect more info about the tree?