Tree identification in winter
Most broadleaf trees are deciduous and shed their leaves in autumn. Note that Holly, Holm Oak, Cherry Laurel and Portugal Laurel are evergreen. Most conifers are evergreens but European Larch, Dawn Redwood and Swamp Cypress are deciduous. In winter you can still identify evergreen conifers using the Conifer Leaf Key and Conifer Cone Key.
Tree identification in winter is still possible for deciduous trees by using key characteristics such as tree shape, tree branches, buds, thorns, catkins, bark and old fruit and leaves. There are 8 keys to choose from. Decide which key you want to use and click on the BUTTON below the key icon or use the LIST in the next panel.
How to identify a tree in winter using keys – click on the name of the key in red to go directly to the key.
- From a distance look at the shape
- Move closer and look at the branches
- Examine any catkins that appear before the leaves
- Examine the buds, which will be easy to see
- Compare the bark
- Examine any thorns
- Search for any old fruit on or under the tree
- Search for any old leaves under the tree