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The grid below contains my photographs of various aspects of common trees. If you are looking to identify a tree from a characteristic you have noted (the leaf or flower for example) then use the 'photograph set' filter to select all the photographs of that characteristic and see if you can find a good match! If you think you know what the tree is then you can select a species from the 'tree index' and see all my photos for that species. Click any of the thumbnails displayed to see the big picture.

The alder can grow into quite a big tree
Profile - Winter

It has catkins that are larger than hazel
Flower

The flowers have a purple tinge
Flower

Although a deciduous tree it has seed heads like fir cones
Seed or fruit

The leaves are broad, ribbed and serated
Leaf

The leaves are narrow and pointed
Leaf

The key-like seeds have a single 'wing'
Seed or fruit

The ash is a tall, elegant tree
Profile - Winter

The bark is fairly smooth and ash coloured
Bark

the bark develops wrinkles with age!
Bark

The inside does not really show aging circles
Cross section

In winter the twigs bear large black opposite buds
Leaf buds, Twig

The bunches of keys can stay on the tree for much of the winter
Seed or fruit

Fallen nuts are known as beech mast
Seed or fruit

Leaves can often stay on the tree all winter
Leaf

The leaf buds are very pronounced
Twig

Flower
Flower

A big, strong tree
Profile - Winter

Newly developing nuts
Seed or fruit

Bark much smoother than the oak
Bark

A rather chaotic pine tree
Profile - Summer, Profile - Winter

Black poplar produces these attractive purple catkins
Flower

The branches have multiple twigs at the ends
Twig

The bark has vertical ridges
Bark

This is a big, tall and bold tree
Profile - Winter

The flowers emerge before the leaves
Flower

The flowers emerge early before the leaves
Flower

The fruit are known as sloes
Seed or fruit

The bare twigs clearly show the sharp thorns
Twig

The shrub is a rather tangled mess!
Profile - Winter

Tall upright trees grown for their timber
Profile - Summer, Profile - Winter

It has needles rather than leaves
Leaf

The bark is ridged
Bark

Lovely white flower often with a tinge of pink
Flower

It is the outside, or sepals, that give the pink look
Flower

In winter the bare tree has a greenish tinge
Profile - Winter

The tree has masses of thin branches
Profile - Winter

The bark is rough and attractive to lichens
Bark

The twigs are very brittle which is where it gets its name
Twig

The wood is very light in colour
Cross section

the flower buds are silvery and furry
Flower

The buds are alternate along the twig
Leaf buds

A low growing creeping shrub
Flower

The red stems are most noticeable in winter
Profile - Winter

The flowers are formed of clusters of smalller flowers
Flower

The cream flower is much like other species of the same family
Flower

So the flowers need to be taken in context with the leaves
Flower

The red stems are often the best gtuide
Twig

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