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Tree Identification Aid

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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.

Unlike other oaks it is evergreen and has waxy leaves
Leaf

Unlike the deciduous oaks it has a fairly smooth bark
Bark

The underside of the leaf is silvery grey
Leaf

The leaves are pointed and have smooth edges unlike other oaks
Leaf

Holm oak can grow to be quite a large tree
Profile - Winter, Profile - Summer

Horse-chestnut produces these lovely flower spikes
Flower

The leaves come from 'sticky' buds!
Leaf buds

The flowers can also be pink
Flower

The twigs are rather 'nobly'!
Twig

The horse-chestnut is a large, spreading tree
Profile - Summer

Tall, slender trees often planted in rows as shelter
Profile - Winter

The bark is crusty rather than rough
Bark

A tall but twisted pine tree
Profile - Summer, Profile - Winter

It has needles rather than leaves
Leaf

It produces cones
Seed or fruit

The leaf buds tend to be in a cluster at the end of the twigs
Leaf buds

The ends of the branches are very twiggy!
Twig

Our beautiful oak in summer
Profile - Summer

In winter the masses of branches and twigs becomes apparent
Profile - Winter

The flowers are lovely green tassels
Flower

The pedunculate oak produces acorns on stalks or pendules
Seed or fruit

the acorns turn brown before falling
Seed or fruit

the bark is rough and ridged
Bark

The bark often has these shiny overlapping plates!
Bark

The profile clearly shows the ageing rings
Cross section

The twigs are rather 'nobly'!
Twig

The rowan produces wonderful white bunches of flowers
Flower

The flowers turn to bright red berries in late summer
Seed or fruit

The berries appear in bunches, orange at first
Seed or fruit

Being a pine it has needles rather than leaves
Leaf

Being a pine it produces pine cones
Seed or fruit

The twigs are twiisted, brittle and scaley
Twig

They can be tall trees with straight trunks
Profile - Summer

The bark has a rusty brown appearance which is unique
Bark

The silver birch is a pretty tree, especially when the leaves have just emerged
Profile - Summer

In winter the silver bark really stands out
Profile - Winter

The twigs are slender and show the early development of the catkins
Twig

The catkins are the male flowers and open in April
Flower

As the tree ages so the bark becomes pitted and cracked
Bark

The flowers are small and creamy green
Flower

The pink seeds are very distinctive
Seed or fruit

Tall trees with a broad canopy
Profile - Winter

the bark is ridged
Bark

The leaves are narrow and ribbed
Leaf

The flowers are long and thin
Flower

the chestnuts are contained in prickly cases
Seed or fruit

The nuts readily fall to the ground when ripe
Seed or fruit

The soft wood of dying trees are popular with woodpeckers
Profile - Winter

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