Broadleaf Tree Identification by  Leaf Shape  

The Field Guide to Trees of Britain and Europe includes an identification key for Broadleaf trees based  on leaf shape. The key lists over 100 species and divides them into 18 leaf shapes.  For some shapes you can go to a deeper level of identification by clicking on a  BUTTON, which is in the form of a name with a box round it e.g ROUND or HEART.  Click on TREE NAMES in RED to get more information and images about twenty common tree species.

Paper-bark Maple trifoliate leaf

TRIFOLIATE

Laburnum Common
Maple Paper-bark

Horse Chestnut leaf

PALMATE

Chestnut Horse
Chestnut Indian Horse
Chestnut Red Horse
Buckeye Yellow

Common Rowan leaf

Ash Claret
Ash Common
Ash Golden
Ash Manna
Elder
Box Elder
Rowan Common
Walnut Black
Wingnut Caucasian

Foxglove Tree leaf
LARGE

Indian Bean Tree
Foxglove Tree
Magnolia Southern evergreen
Magnolia Saucer

London Plane Tree leaf

Plane London
Plane Oriental
Sweet Gum
Service Tree Wild
Tulip Tree

Small-leaved Lime leaf

Alder Italian
Handkerchief Tree
Hazel Common
Hazel Turkish
Lime Broad-leaved
Lime Common
Lime Crimean
Lime Silver
Lime Silver Pendent
Lime Small-leaved
Mulberry Black
Mulberry White

Black Poplar leaf

Birch Downy
Birch Erman’s
Birch River
Birch Silver
Birch West Himalayan
Poplar Black
Poplar Hybrid Black
Poplar Lombardy

Table Dogwood leaf

Beech Common
Dogwood Table
Ironwood Persian
Quince
Willow Goat

Common Pear leaf

Apple Crab
Alder Grey
Beech Roble
Buckthorn Purging
Cherry Bird
Cherry Kanzan
Cherry Tibetan
Cherry Wild
Cherry Winter
Elm Caucasian
Holly
Hornbeam Common
Oak Cork
Pear Callery
Pear Common
Plum Cherry
Whitebeam Common

OVAL THIN

Bay
Olive
Strawberry Tree
Magnolia Star

Smooth-leaved Elm leaf

ASYMMETRIC

Elm English
Elm Smooth-leaved
Elm Wych

Sweet Chestnut leaf

Chestnut Sweet
Laurel Cherry
Laurel Portugal
Medlar
Mespil Snowy
Oak Holm

Blackthorn leaf

TONGUE-SHAPED

Blackthorn
Spindle
Willow Grey