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...once you have seen them a few times, these Common Alder are quite easy to spot, as they are one of the few trees with leaves which are indented at the end, instead of being more-or-less pointed.
They like being near water...
If you look around the area at the larger trees, I would expect that you may well find some fully grown ones. Although the leaves are further away (therefore less easy to see!) common Alder have very distinctive black cones. You can look on the ground at their base, as well as looking upwards.
It won't be "unknown" to you any more, now!
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Thank you very much, I really appreciate the ID and advice. :)
I find Tree identification a difficult task, especially this time of year!
You're welcome Kaylee - I love tree ID, it's so satisfying.
And it's a good "speciality" to choose, as there are - within reason - not that many to learn.
This time of year is actually good for tree ID: as the leaves fall, you can get to them more easily!
A good tip is to get out there now with a notebook and phone camera, go round your local streets and make a note of every tree while there are still some leaves around to help you. If unsure of the ID, write down everything you can see about them, and make your best guess. Then, over the winter you can re-visit them to get familiar with their skeleton shape, bud formation etc, making notes as you go.
In spring, hey presto, the leaves are back and you can confirm your IDs. Or go "Drat! So that's what it was!" but at least you have learned what that tree looks like in all its states.
definatly agree with common Alder, they like to be close to water.
If you look closely at the cones when they are still green and young, you may be lucky enough to find some with 'alder tongue' fungus growing out of them! (Reddish when young, blackened when it gets older.)
Lots to look for! Have fun.
This might help you a bit with your no leaf identifications
Thanks for that, Rose: would be even better if it included Hornbeam next to Beech, but at least it has Hawthorn and Blackthorn side by side!
Anyone interested in Winter Twig ID could also check this AidGap booklet:
Bit of a long link! But it's a really good little book for beginners.
Thank you all, really appreciate the help!
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