The daily Tree Quiz 2021

The daily Tree Quiz was a popular feature of ‘Trees Be Company’, Dorchester’s first Urban Tree Festival, and we hope you enjoy Round 2. The answers to the daily Tree Quiz can be found here.

Sunday 23rd May. The last question is probably the most difficult. What is this tree? My apologies for the poor photographs – it was blowing a bit of a hoolie at the time. The tree is in the corner of The Forum Centre in Dorchester and a planning application in 2019 asked for permission to fell this tree to facilitate access to the doorway in the brick building on the left.

Friday 21st May. As it’s Friday, the end of a busy week, we have a slightly different clue today. Can you name this tree by its shape? It is one of two planted outside Acland House on Church Street in Dorchester.

Thursday 20th May. What name have we given to this tree, flowering now in Fordington churchyard, Dorchester? It is not often seen in Dorset, so worth making a note of where you come across them on account of their amazing scent when the sun shines. There are two trees here, one on either side of the path so one can walk through an archway of fragrant flowers in this beautiful churchyard.

Wednesday 19th May. A relatively straightforward question today. What is this elegant street tree called, currently flowering on Church Road in Dorchester?

Tuesday 18th May. What is this tree called? I have not knowingly come across one of these before. It is currently in flower, and has an interesting ‘crumpled’ leaf. Described in one guide as “an abundant plant of rather endearing ugliness”.

Monday 17th May. This is a very striking tree on account of its pattern of leaves. What is it called and what is being formed at the end of some of the branches?

14 thoughts on “The daily Tree Quiz 2021

  • May 17, 2021 at 6:47 pm
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    Araucaria araucana, with young pollen cones.

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    • May 18, 2021 at 4:12 pm
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      Yes, that is correct on both counts. Well done!

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  • May 18, 2021 at 10:32 am
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    Monkey puzzle tree with cones (male)
    I think.
    Lovely picture!

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    • May 18, 2021 at 4:13 pm
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      Spot on, correct with both answers. Congratulations!

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  • May 18, 2021 at 10:35 pm
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    Aesculus x carnea (Red Horse-chestnut) – hybrid between A. hippocastanum (Common Horse-chestnut) and A. pavia (Red Buckeye).

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    • May 19, 2021 at 4:19 pm
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      Correct again, well done. We have lots of Horse Chestnut here in Dorchester but I’m not familiar with Red Buckeye. I must admit I tend to agree with the guide that suggests the Red Horse Chestnut is not the most attractive of trees. So 2/2 correct, how will you get on with the quiz on Wednesday, day 3?

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  • May 20, 2021 at 10:06 am
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    Hope I’m not too late for #3! Hedlundia × thuringiaca (formerly Sorbus x thuringiaca), one of the many Rowan x Whitebeam apomictic hybrid-origin trees.

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    • May 20, 2021 at 2:35 pm
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      Not late at all, and your answer may well be more correct than mine! I had it done as a Swedish Whitebeam, Sorbus intermedia, but your answer sounds much more technically correct than mine! I’ve just had a quick look at the Dorset Council record and it just says Sorbus sp, so not much help to us.

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  • May 20, 2021 at 11:05 pm
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    Yep! Note how the basal lobes of the leaf are separated as distinct leaflets; Swedish Whitebeam doesn’t do that, all its lobes are just lobes. The leaf is also longer and narrower than Swedish Whitebeam, compare here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sorb-int.jpg

    For today’s tree, Bird Cherry (Prunus padus)

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    • May 21, 2021 at 4:16 pm
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      That’s really helpful, thank you. One of the great things for me about the Tree Quiz is that I learn how little I really know about trees!
      And yes, it was Bird Cherry on Thursday 20th which makes it 4/4 correct for you!
      I have a great one for the final day, Sunday, which I hope you can answer.

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  • May 21, 2021 at 10:28 pm
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    #5 – I’d like to think they’re Zelkova carpinifolia, but my suspicions are just Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’, as the leaves look a bit too large for Zelkova. A surprisingly tricky ID to make without close-ups; even resorted to google street view for clues – and one there was what looks like catkins in the March 2009 footage, which also fits Carpinus better.

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    • May 23, 2021 at 5:35 pm
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      Yes, it was a difficult clue to work from so you did very well..! I think it is Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ too and here is a photo of the leaves sprouting from the lower part of the trunk, taken on 17/05/2021 – http://dorchestertrees.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/IMG_20210517_112947.jpg. So that is 5/5 answers correct which makes you the current reigning champion. I’m just getting the quiz ready for the final day (Sunday 23rd) so will you be get 6/6..?

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  • May 23, 2021 at 7:20 pm
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    Yep, definitely Carpinus there! Zelkova leaves quite different, smaller, with blunter serration.

    Today’s tree, I’ll go for one of the many Malus × purpurea crabapple cultivars – bit of a trashy tree in my opinion, so I’d have granted permission to cut with a proviso to plant something more interesting in its place 🙂

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    • May 27, 2021 at 10:02 pm
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      Just catching up as we seem to have had some technical problems. It’s certainly not an attractive tree as Crab Apples go but we felt obliged to object to it’s unnecessary removal as, despite all the promises of replacing trees, we rarely see them planted let alone survive!

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