International Society of Arboriculture Topics for South Carolina

West Columbia, SC ISA

south carolina tree informaion

South Carolina's forests boast many diverse tree types. The elevation and weather changes from the low country of the sea coast to peaks of more than 4000 feet in the Appalachians. These trees can be either broadleaf trees or conifers. The broadleafs (deciduous) shed their foliage with the fall season and new leaves are developed in the spring. The conifers (cedar and pine) are called "evergreens" since most keep their color throughout the year. Their foliage is scale-like or needle like and their fruit is cone shaped. (Tree info provided by Palmetto Tree Service in Columbia, SC)

Below are most of the trees you will see throughout SC.

SIMPLE LEAF - TOOTHED

- Sourwood
- American Beech
- Yellow Hawthorn
- American Holly
- Southern Bayberry or Wax Myrtle
- Swamp Chestnut Oak
- American Hornbeam
- Red Mulberry
- River Birch
- Black Cherry
- Winged Elm

SIMPLE LEAF - UNTOOTHED

- Sweetbay
- Willow Oak
- Flowering Dogwood
- Laurel Oak
- Black Tupelo
- Eastern Redbud
- Live Oak - Evergreen
- Southern Magnolia

COMPOUND LEAF

- Honeylocust
- Boxelder
- Shagbark Hickory
- Mockernut Hickory
- Red Buckeye
- Pecan

SIMPLE LEAF - LOBED

- Turkey Oak
- Southern Red Oak
- Red Maple
- Blackjack Oak
- Yellow-Poplar
- Pin Oak
- Post Oak
- White Oak
- Sassafras
- Sycamore
- Water Oak
- Sweetgum

CONIFER - SCALE LEAF

- Leyland Cypress
- Eastern Redcedar

PALMETTOS

- Cabbage Palmetto

CONIFER - NEEDLE LEAF

- Shortleaf Pine
- Eastern Hemlock
- Longleaf Pine
- Pond Pine
- Baldcypress
- Loblolly Pine
- Slash Pine