Help me I.D this tree

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Reece

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Oct 27, 2011
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Hi I've been working on my flora I.D, so decided to head into my local woods to I.D some of my favourite trees from my childhood. I identified the majority but couldn't find this one.






Any help? On the first picture the leaves looked a lot paler than they come across in the pic.
Thanks in advance.
Reece
 

Toddy

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Willow, but looking at it again, it's an osier willow of some variety.
I'm fond of willows, they grow all over the place around here.

atb,
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Harvestman

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Certainly a willow. From the leaves, either white willow of crack willow. There is an easy way to tell the difference. Take a small twig, and bend it back against the stem that it is growing from. If it snaps off cleanly it is crack willow. If it snaps but doesn't come away cleanly, or only partially breaks, it is white willow.

There are more strictly accurate tests, but that is good one without being too technical.
 

Reece

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Oct 27, 2011
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Thanks :) It's great walking about trying to identify trees, it gives you a different way of looking at the woods around you. Nice to put a name to trees I used to climb :)

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Reece

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Certainly a willow. From the leaves, either white willow of crack willow. There is an easy way to tell the difference. Take a small twig, and bend it back against the stem that it is growing from. If it snaps off cleanly it is crack willow. If it snaps but doesn't come away cleanly, or only partially breaks, it is white willow.

There are more strictly accurate tests, but that is good one without being too technical.
I'll have to try this tomorrow and report back
 

Joonsy

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leaves of white willow have a covering of fine white hairs on the underside, crack willow leaves do not. Some trees are called 'white' beacuse the leaves seem to change cololur to a 'whitish' colour when they sway in the wind, thats how white willow got its name. white poplar is another that does that.
 

Harvestman

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leaves of white willow have a covering of fine white hairs on the underside, crack willow leaves do not. Some trees are called 'white' beacuse the leaves seem to change cololur to a 'whitish' colour when they sway in the wind, thats how white willow got its name. white poplar is another that does that.
Yep, that's one of the more accurate ways I mentioned, but the twig-snap trick is always fun to try :)