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Spring Cream – Essential European Blossom Identification

Spring Cream – Essential European Blossom Identification

Spring is a time of great change. The dormancy of winter gives way to energetic new growth. In this period, the dark skeletons of deciduous trees begin to show colour and movement, and when you look closely there is some fascinating detail to complement the obvious beauty. One of the aspects of spring that is most obvious and most pleasing on the eye is blossom. Here I look at a range of common and widespread European species of tree that produce profuse blossom and examine the similarities, differences and unique characteristics of each to help you identify them…

Catkins In Common: Distinct Features Of Three Widespread European Trees

Catkins In Common: Distinct Features Of Three Widespread European Trees

The vibrant blossoms of spring, such as on cherry trees, are obvious, particularly when these blooms are shown off to their best in bright sunshine. The flowers of other trees, however, are less obvious, especially when they are less obviously flowers. In this article I put a highlight on the flower structures of three very widespread and common European tree species, along with related details, that will help you identify these species in late winter and early spring – a time when the easiest identification features (their leaves) are not yet present…

Tree And Plant Knowledge Is All Around You

Tree And Plant Knowledge Is All Around You

It’s difficult to go anywhere without being presented with the opportunity to extend or refresh your tree and plant knowledge, even in urban environments. Previously I’ve written about urban botanising and making the sharpening of your tree and plant identification skills part of your daily practice. So it was the other day when I was up in London for a day of photography, familiarising myself with a new camera. It’s likely that regular readers of my blog will have recognised…

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Know Your Ash From Your Elbow: How To Identify An Ash Tree

Know Your Ash From Your Elbow: How To Identify An Ash Tree

Common ash, European ash or just “ash”, Fraxinus excelsior, is a common and widespread tree of northern Europe, including the UK and Ireland. Ash trees make up a significant proportion of British hedgerows and are a key component of many mixed deciduous woodlands in the UK. In the summer of 2013 a friend of mine sent me a link to an article in the online edition of the Independent newspaper entitled Save the ash tree? Half of us can’t even…

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Bark & Buds: How to Easily Identify 12 Common European Deciduous Trees in Winter

Bark & Buds: How to Easily Identify 12 Common European Deciduous Trees in Winter

Without leaves to refer to, people often find it hard to identify deciduous trees in the winter. For those of us who have an interest in bushcraft or survival skills, we need to be able to identify resources all year round. Bark is an obvious feature to look at but in most cases, bark shows more variety and is harder to differentiate than the leaves of different species. Buds are often associated with spring, whereas they lie dormant all winter, waiting for…