Monday, 1 February 2016
Tree ID 6: Rowan buds
The winter buds of rowan trees are purplish but covered in long grey hairs.
Owen Johnson in the excellent 'Collins Tree Guide' says they look like "the conic abdomen of some big spider". No head or legs of course.
Rowan twigs in winter look rather untidy with lots of dead or broken ends.
You may also see the stalks left where bunches of berries were devoured by blackbirds and thrushes.