gameThis simple game tests your gardening knowledge by identifying five plants shown in photos from a list of possible names. Photos of each plant are accompaned by a clue describing the type of plant or its broad characteristics. To play the game you identify the plant in the photo by selecting the correct name and clicking on the button next to it. Each time you play the game you only have one chance to identify the correct answer for each of the five plants. If you don’t get all of them correct the first time just click the “Let me try again” button located below the game board and try again. If you would like more information about these five plants see their Plant Profiles to get tips for growing each of them. Note: Gymnosperms are the group of woody, deciduous and evergreen plants that produce naked seeds, and includes conifers such as pine, spruce and fir.

Photos Plant Names (Select the correct name and click the button)

1. Common house plant.

Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica)

Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

American Larch (Larix decidua)

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

2. Known only as a fossil until 1994; shortest of the redwoods.

American Yew (Taxus canadensis)

Leland Cypress (x C. leylandii)

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostro.)

3. Has exfoliating bark.

Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana)

Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodora)

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)

4. Female trees produce foul smelling berries.

American Holly (Ilex opaca)

Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamae)

Bold Cypress (Taxodium distichum)

5. Cones hang downward and have fringed bract sticking between the scales; popular Christmas tree.

Longleaf Pine (Pinus australis)

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra)

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By Chuck