Category Archives: Nature Quiz

Quiz #1: Tree

Photo of Quiz #1: Tree

What kind of tree produced these beautiful seed-containing fruit?

A. Red Maple

B. White Ash

C. American Elm

D. Northern Red Oak

They aren't fully mature in this photo, but they are nonetheless distinctive. (Photo taken 4/7/12 in Plainville, MA.)

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A is… incorrect. The samara-like schizocarp (the name for the type of fruit) of Red Maple (Acer rubrum) consists of two samaras joined together.

B is… incorrect. The samaras (the name for the type of fruit) of White Ash (Fraxinus americana) are long and narrow.

C is… CORRECT! These samaras (the name for the type of fruit) contain the seeds of American Elm (Ulmus americana). Here’s a photo of the tree with young leaves:
American Elm

D is… incorrect. Acorns are the fruit of Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra).