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Help identify twisted tree - Hathersage

Posted by lemonstar UK, Peak District (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 9:16

This is without doubt a very common and unremarkable tree but in the winter it's harder for me to identify especially when I only know the names of a few common trees from their leaves.

The branches are twisted - they covered a wide band on the slopes leading down to a stream - as you can see form the picture the whole area is damp and mossy. The slope was just down-bank from a heather moorland and a band of silver birch trees at the top of the bank. Are these just some variety of oak?

This post was edited by lemonstar on Sun, Apr 21, 13 at 9:29


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RE: Help identify twisted tree - Hathersage

What a beautiful place! Is Padley Gorge nearby? I found a photo on the link below w/similar trees...the author referred to them as sessile oaks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Padley Gorge - sessile oaks


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RE: Help identify twisted tree - Hathersage

The trees on this slope do lead down to Padley Gorge - and the walk up it is as pretty as it seems. There are 3 huge sessile oaks lining a neighbours garden (75-85ft high) - using a book of British & European trees I identified them from their slightly elongated version of a traditional oak leaf but the book, like so many others I guess, doesn't give much guidance on identifying trees without leaves and most of the pictures are of mature trees, there is a very limited list of buds in this book that can be identify but I didn't take any close up photos.

Thanks for the suggestion - maybe they are young sessile oaks - I wondered if the acid soil for the purple heather and silver birch on the moors at the top gave any suggestion as to the soil type on the slopes - it's mossy on these wooded slopes around the stream and gritstone definitely dominates the region.


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