Tree and Flower Identification Guide

This is a tree and flower identification guide which has been designed to aid gardeners, horticulture and biology students and anyone who enjoys looking at flowers and trees. There are two main sections  – Tree Identification and Flower Identification. In addition there is a section on How Flowers Work and  another on the Tree of Life.  Click on the button below the image to get started or use the drop-down menus at the top of the screen to go directly to pages.

The Tree Identification section shows the difference between Broadleaf and Conifer trees and includes some  simple keys, based on characteristics such as leaf shape, buds, thorns, bark, catkins, cones, white flowers, and summer fruit, to aid identification. It uses close-up photographs to show features which botanists use in tree recognition. The Tree Index has links to over 130 full tree photos. There is a similar section on Flower Family Identification and an Index to 42 Families. The site also explains how flowers work, how they have evolved and how they are now classified into families. Important families, such as Iris, Lily and Daffodil are illustrated. Botanical terms are explained using images and non-technical terms. Finally there is a section on the Tree of Life which summarises where trees and flowers fit in the evolution of life on earth.

There is also a tree guide in the form of an iPad app available for free from the Apple App store. For more information on this app click HERE

Increasingly the positive effects of nature on mental well-being are being recognised and measured. This may be as simple as working in the garden, going for a walk or visiting a wildlife reserve or formal garden. For many people the experience is  enriched by knowing and learning more about the flowering plants and trees that they see or grow. This site provides that information in an easily-accessible form.