Super Spotter: Lulu’s Lovely Leaves

Monday, 07 November 2016

Tilda and I went for a lovely autumnal walk through the woods this weekend and had loads of fun kicking the leaves and finding acorns and conkers. There were LOADS of different types of trees on our walk but sometimes it’s hard to know which tree is which. So here is Super Spotter: Lulu’s Lovely Leaves, which will teach you some leaf identification so you can always know what trees you’re spotting when you are out and about…

Tilda & I having an Autumn stroll

Tilda & I having an Autumn stroll

Oak

Oak trees are huge and they give us cute little acorns, perfect for crafts. Their leaves look like this:

Oak leaves

Oak leaves

Beech

Beech trees turn beautiful colours and are popular trees and hedges. Their leaves are:

Beech leaf

Beech leaf

Sycamore

Sycamore trees have cool little seeds which twizzle to the ground like helicopters. The sycamore is actually part of the acer family, hence it has maple like leaves:

Sycamore leaf

Sycamore leaf

Birch

The birch tree rises majestic in the woods. We have a beautiful silver birch in our own garden. Here’s their leaves:

Birch leaves

Birch leaves

Rowan

Rowan trees are covered in berries just now and have easy to spot serrated leaves:

Rowan leaves

Rowan leaves

Ash

The Ash has similar leaves to the Rowan but a bit pointier:

Ash leaves

Ash leaves

Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut trees are one of my favourites as they give us lovely conkers. Here are their leaves:

Horse chestnut leaf

Horse chestnut leaf

Holly

Holly trees are pretty easy to identify, we are so used to seeing them on all things Christmassy. Their glossy, jaggy evergreen leaves look like this:

 

Holly leaf

Holly leaf

Hazel

Hazel leaves are a little wrinkly, just like my Daddy!:

Hazel leaf

Hazel leaf

Hawthorn

Hawthorns are also great for berries but watch out for those nasty thorns:

 

Hawthorn leaf

Hawthorn leaf

Maple

The field maple is easily recognisable:

Maple leaf

Maple leaf

Alder

Alder trees are often found beside rivers and in wet ground (they like muddy puddles just like me!):

Alder leaf

Alder leaf

Elder

You can get lovely elderberries from the elder. Their leaves look like this:

Elder leaf

Elder leaf

So, now you can go spot some of the most common trees we have in Scotland (and across the UK) and impress your family and friends with your new-found knowledge!

Happy tree spotting peeps!

Lulu x


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