Trunks and trees
Plant species encompass a range of trees, shrubs, bushes and climbers and, with so much variety; it can be hard to pinpoint a specific one.
You should pay particular attention to the following tips to identify your plant:
- Do the branches of your plant grow at intervals all the way up the trunk, or are they confined to just the uppermost part?
- What is the height of your plant? Knowing this will play an important part in identification and help you estimate how much further it will grow.
- Check the colour and texture of the trunk of your plant; is it woody and dark, or green and flexible?
Below are a few of the most common trees found in homes and gardens across the UK:
- Yucca – Originally from Central and North America, this hardy plant has a firm, sturdy trunk with most of the leaves contained at the top.
- Ficus lyrata – This tropical and subtropical plant has large, glossy green leaves with prominent veins across them, typically growing out of one central stem.
- Schefflera – Available in golden varieties as well as green, this plant comes from New Guinea and north-eastern Australia. It was named in honour of an 18th century botanist and inventor.