Sunday Quiz – Tricky Trees

Dear Readers, as last week’s quiz was a bit of a doozy, I am going for something a little closer to home this week. Firstly, see if you can identify the trees from the photos below (multiple choice as usual). And then, see if you can identify them from some other, trickier part – buds/twigs/bark/parasite!

Part One – Identify the tree in spring and summer.

So, if you think tree 1) is a hornbeam, your answer will be 1)a)

Photo One by Innocenceisdeath / CC BY-SA (


Photo Two by Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) - fruit cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Evelyn Simak -


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Photo Four by Alvesgaspar / CC BY-SA (


Photo Five by David Hawgood / Beech mast on trees, Cockshoots picnic site


Photo Six by Chiswick Chap / CC BY-SA (


Photo Seven by Mehmet Karatay / CC BY-SA (


Photo Eight by MPF at the English language Wikipedia / CC BY-SA (


a) Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

b) London plane (Platanus x hispanica)

c) Silver birch (Betula pendula)

d) Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)

e) Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)

f) Lime (Tilia x europaea)

g) Pedunculate (English) Oak (Quercus robur)

h) Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Part Two – Identify the same trees from some more difficult bits!

For this part, we have to recognise the same trees from the bits that remain after the summer, which is a bit on the tricky side.

So, if you thought photo one was a hornbeam, and that the twigs in photo i) are also hornbeam, your answer is 1)a)i)

Photo i) by Philip Halling / Ash tree buds


Photo ii) by Sten / CC BY-SA (




Photo Five by Chris Reynolds / Bark on Old Silver Birch tree


Photo Six by gailhampshire from Cradley, Malvern, U.K / CC BY (


Photo (vii by © El Grafo / CC-BY-SA-3.0 / CC BY-SA (


Photo viii) by Bj.schoenmakers / CC0


As always, put your answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Monday – the answers will be posted on Tuesday. Two extra points if you can tell me what is going on in photos vi) and viii).

NB Write your answers down before you look at the comments if you don’t want to be influenced by those speedy peeps out there 🙂




4 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – Tricky Trees

  1. Fran & Bobby Freelove

    2)e)vi tar spot
    7)g)viii oak gall


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