Sunday, 5 January 2014

Leaves

One way to identify trees is by their leaves. 
 
 
Even in winter many leaves persist on the ground.  But because the wind blows them, you cannot always be sure which individual tree they have come from.
 
Most people can recognise the lobed leaves of the common oak.


 
Field Maple leaves resemble large hawthorn leaves.  As with many maples, their leaves have five lobes like a spread-out hand.
 
 
This next one is really European but naturalised in Britain (i.e. it will grow and spread by seed quite happily here).  It is the Norway Maple.  The leaves are a bit like Sycamore but they have whiskery points on the lobes.
 
 

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