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I know this is rather a long shot, but  can anybody identify the twig below.  The tree/shrub it was attached to was growing in my parents garden until recently (it blew down!) and they would like to replace it.  The tree (?) was about 6m tall. 







Can you or your parents give us a few more clues?

Flower colour, time of flowering, do the leaves colour up in autumn? Evergreen or deciduous, that's quite helpful to know, cuts the possibilities down

In the middle of the bottom pic, is that a flower/catkin bud? 


The tree/shrub is deciduous. The colour of the leaves in autumn is pretty much the colour of the leaves in the photographs. There does appear to be a flower/catkin bud towards the top of the twig.

Thanks for your help


My money is on Salix caprea, the goat willow. that's a pussy willow. If it doesn't have a display of pussies in spring then I'm wrong.



Hi Jon, looks like beech to me. Try taking a small branch and putting it in a vase of water, it should sprout leaves in a couple of weeks and then you will have a better idea of what the leaves look like.


If you look at beech the buds are much longer and slimmer and the flowers are stalked. Spindle has squarish stems and little white flowers, no fluff.

I hope we're going to find out what this is.


Yes, you're right, nutcutlet. I've just googled "beech twigs autumn" and they are quite different. It was just an idea, but I thought maybe getting them to sprout in a vase of water will maybe give a better idea of what the leaves (or flowers?) are like.


Good idea. I wonder if they're still available for that or have gone in the green bin/shredder/bonfire

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