Plant ID forum: Ancient Woodland Tree

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Name: Jack Stapeley
Isle of Wight
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JStapeley
Jan 26, 2017 8:45 AM CST
This was found in South England, UK

Just not sure which type it is?

Many thanks!

Jack.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jan 26, 2017 11:43 AM CST
It looks like a fir tree to me. Did you happen to photograph the bark and the entire tree?
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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Jan 26, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Definitely a coni-fir...

Norway Spruce will be a very common conifer in England (Picea abies). Showing more images of more parts of the plant - and the whole tree - will always be more helpful.
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sooby
Jan 27, 2017 11:35 AM CST
It looks like spruce to me too because the needles look pointy and somewhat concave. There are no native firs in Britain although it could always have been introduced. The way to tell, if you can revisit the plant, is to take off a needle and try to roll it between your finger and thumb. If it rolls it is spruce. If it is flat and doesn't roll it is something else, like fir or (more likely in the UK) a yew. If it doesn't roll maybe you could take pictures of the undersides of the branch.
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Leftwood
Jan 27, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Growth pattern looks more like spruce, but needles appear to be flat(?) which would mean a fir. Spruce needles are square in cross section. If there are cones beneath or on the tree, 10-15cm long or longer, then it is most likely Norway spruce. Fir tree cones grow upright on the tree and shatter with maturity, and you will not find any intact.

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