You might already know that an acorn comes from an oak tree, or be able to recognise the prickly leaves and bright berries of a holly bush. But would you be able to spot the seeds of a hornbeam or a lime, an alder or a hawthorn?
If you’re collecting seeds as part of Seed Gathering Season, you’ll need to know exactly what you’ve gathered to make sure that you can look after and plant them in the right way to help them thrive. That’s where this seed identification guide comes in!
When you’re collecting your seeds, it’s important to label the species and record where you gathered them. You can find out more about what to do with the seeds you collect in our Growing trees from seed guide.