Tree identification by buds
In Britain most tree growth occurs in spring and summer. During the growing season the tree produces buds ready for next years growth. These buds remain dormant during the winter and open in the following spring. Inside each bud are tiny preformed leaves, shoots or flowers.
Tree identification by buds – terminal, opposite, alternate, alternate zig-zag, clustered or hairy. Examine the buds and stem closely, if possible, and then choose one of these options by clicking on the BUTTON below the option photo. This will take you to the next level of identification with more photos and text. Click on any photo to enlarge it. For alternative ways of identifying deciduous trees in winter click HERE.
Goat Willow, Some Poplars, Beech, Hornbeam, Bird Cherry, Alder, Walnut and many more