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.

Profile - Winter
The alder can grow into quite a big tree
Flower
It has catkins that are larger than hazel
Flower
The flowers have a purple tinge
Seed or fruit
Although a deciduous tree it has seed heads like fir cones
Leaf
The leaves are broad, ribbed and serated
Leaf
The leaves are narrow and pointed
Leaf buds, Twig
In winter the twigs bear large black opposite buds
Seed or fruit
The bunches of keys can stay on the tree for much of the winter
Seed or fruit
The key-like seeds have a single 'wing'
Profile - Winter
The ash is a tall, elegant tree
Bark
The bark is fairly smooth and ash coloured
Bark
the bark develops wrinkles with age!
Cross section
The inside does not really show aging circles
Flower
Flower
Profile - Winter
A big, strong tree
Seed or fruit
Newly developing nuts
Bark
Bark much smoother than the oak
Seed or fruit
Fallen nuts are known as beech mast
Leaf
Leaves can often stay on the tree all winter
Twig
The leaf buds are very pronounced
Profile - Summer, Profile - Winter
A rather chaotic pine tree
Flower
Black poplar produces these attractive purple catkins
Twig
The branches have multiple twigs at the ends
Bark
The bark has vertical ridges
Profile - Winter
This is a big, tall and bold tree
Flower
The flowers emerge before the leaves
Flower
The flowers emerge early before the leaves
Seed or fruit
The fruit are known as sloes
Twig
The bare twigs clearly show the sharp thorns
Profile - Winter
The shrub is a rather tangled mess!
Profile - Summer, Profile - Winter
Tall upright trees grown for their timber
Leaf
It has needles rather than leaves
Bark
The bark is ridged
Flower
Lovely white flower often with a tinge of pink
Flower
It is the outside, or sepals, that give the pink look
Profile - Winter
In winter the bare tree has a greenish tinge
Profile - Winter
The tree has masses of thin branches
Bark
The bark is rough and attractive to lichens
Twig
The twigs are very brittle which is where it gets its name
Cross section
The wood is very light in colour
Flower
the flower buds are silvery and furry
Leaf buds
The buds are alternate along the twig
Flower
A low growing creeping shrub
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
Twig
The red stems are often the best gtuide
Profile - Winter
The red stems are most noticeable in winter
Flower
The flowers are formed of clusters of smalller flowers

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