Tree ID

Hello all,  can anyone identify the tree that this leaf is from.  Sorry it's a bit wizened, it is November.  The edges are cut virtually to the centre of the leaf.  The tree isn't very old (about 6 years?) and is about 12ft high (when will I get with the decimal system!!).



  • Really need more info.

    It is very hard to id a tree from a single leaf.

    What shape is it...tall and thin or wide spreading?

    Is it a tree that  is pendula/weeps?

    What are the buds like?

    Are the leaves alternate or opposite?

    Has it had any flowers?

    Does it have any seeds/fruits?

    Does it have any autumn colour?

    etc etc.

    This is just a suggestion Alnus glutinosa imperialis.

    Last edited: 09 November 2017 19:42:59

  • Wow Silver Surfer.  Firstly, I think you're spot on with you ID - thank you.  But next time I will make a note of the things you mentioned and give more information.  I did have a look in my DG Hessayon book but it only showed the rounded Alnus leaf so I didn't realise there was a cut leaf version.  Does Alnus glutinosa imperialis have any features that I could look out for next Spring or Summer just to double check your ID?

  • Hmm!

    This tree is rather hard to give verbal  id clues.

    It is a rather sparce leafed ..delicate looking.

    We had one but it was too young to have catkins etc.

    It is a tree that is very happy in damp ground.

    Maybe you could look round the larger better garden centres to see if they have one for sale...and compare to your tree.

  • Excellent idea. Many thanks for your help.

Sign In or Register to comment.