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Quiz: Can you recognise a Tree from its Leaves?

How well do you know your trees? The single most important element in identifying a tree is its leaf. Assess your arboreal acumen, delve deep into your dendric discernment! (Okay, that just means, check out your tree knowledge ? ) As always, feel free to share your score and any feedback below, and don ‘t forget to upvoteย if you enjoy!

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Caveat: These are all trees I’d find in the woods in Ireland or Britain. While many are found in other parts, their appearance may vary, and the local common name may differ. For avoidance of doubt, I’ve included the botanic name in brackets.

  • Which leaf is Holly (Ilex)?

    • Holly
    • Hawthorn
    • Hazel
  • Which leaf is Maple (Acer)?

    • Horse Chestnut
    • Maple
    • Oak
  • Which is the leaf of the Elder (Sambucus)?

    • Birch
    • Sycamore
    • Elder
  • Which is the Oak (Quercus) leaf?

    • Beech
    • Oak
    • Hawthorn
  • Which is the leaf of the Ash tree (Fraxinus)?

    • Rowan
    • Horse chestnut
    • Ash
  • Which is the leaf of the Sycamore aka Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)?

    • Sycamore
    • Horse Chestnut
    • Hawthorn
  • Which is the Birch (Betula)?

    • Alder
    • Beech
    • Birch
  • Which is the leaf of the Hawthorn (Crataegus)?

    • Hawthron
    • Rowan
    • Alder
  • Can you pick out the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)?

    • Beech
    • Horse chestnut
    • Hazel

What do you think?

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    • Thanks very much, Barbara. That’s really not cheating, in my opinion; it’s making use of the quiz ๐Ÿ™‚ When making quizzes, I find there is often a tension between my natural instinct to stick with what I know, and the desire to widen the appeal of the quiz. Sometimes I go one way, sometimes another, but in this case I was more comfortable staying with the trees I know well, but the result is that if you live outside western Europe, some proportion of the trees I mention are going to be unfamiliar. Oh well ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for taking the quiz!

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