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Identifying trees and plants

June 17, 2020 1:25 pm


There are literally hundreds of different trees and shrubs and some species are grown in different cultivars made by breeding or grafting a particular breed, so it is not easy to identify a specific tree or shrub found in the wild or the garden. However, it is important to identify the specimens, such as when you need to diagnose and deal with problems. The best method involves careful observation of plant characteristics, combined with the use of one or more authoritative resources.

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Garden centre specimens

When you buy a plant in the store, usually identification on it shows you what it’s called, the type of species and growing conditions. It is useful to keep this plant tag as a reference. If you do not save the tag plant, garden centres still can be a good source. If you remember where trees or shrubs were purchased, take photos or samples of a branch or leaf to the store and ask the most knowledgeable staff members. The odds are good that they can identify the plant for you.

Ask a tree surgeon

If you have an unknown plant or tree on your property, you can always seek advice from a professional tree surgeon who will be able to identify the specimen and helps you maintain, care or remove the tree. For a Tree Surgeon Essex, visit a site like https://www.benchmarklandscapeltd.co.uk/tree-surgeon-essex/

Online resources

Some online versions are now available in a dichotomous key approach, in which a systematic definition of the key features is gradually narrowed down to the identification of appropriate trees or shrubs. Most major universities have a website that catalogues the various trees and shrubs that grow in this region. With a simple comparison with the photos, you can often identify a specific tree or shrub.

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