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England's Woods & Forests
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Tree Name Trail

Follow our Tree Name Trail to identify a tree by its leaves.

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Tips for identifying tree types

Trees can be divided into two main groups: those with flattened, wide leaves (broadleaved or deciduous trees) and those that have needle-like leaves (conifers). Most broadleaved trees lose their leaves in the winter but most conifers (evergreen trees) keep their leaves.

It is helpful to also look at other features such as the tree shape, bark, buds flowers (all trees have them in some form, mostly in Spring and Summer), fruit and seeds (mostly in late Summer and Autumn).

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.