Five autumn leaves to spot

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Autumn leaves

If you're planning to get out and enjoy the autumn colours this month, make sure you know your leaves and berries. Here are five species you're likely to spot, and the key characteristics to help you identify them.

 

Hornbeam Oval leaves with sharply toothed margins, yellow in autumn; fruits hang in clusters.

© Illustrations by Felicity Rose Cole

 

Spindle Narrow leaves, red or purple in autumn; pink, four-lobed fruit later splits open to reveal the seeds.

© Illustrations by Felicity Rose Cole

 

Field maple Deeply lobed leaves, yellow in autumn; fruits have paired ‘wings’ and hang in loose bunches.

© Illustrations by Felicity Rose Cole

 

Common whitebeam Oval leaves with white undersides, brown in autumn; dull red fruits.

© Illustrations by Felicity Rose Cole

 

Wild service tree Maple-like leaves, yellow, red or purple in autumn; oval, russet-brown fruits.

© Illustrations by Felicity Rose Cole

 

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