Although oak dominates the woods on Stanmore Country Park, many other
tree species are found. Here are young examples of two trees that are
often confused: hornbeam on the left, and beech Fagus sylvatica
right. Side by side, it is obvious that the leaves of beech are
glossier. In winter, beech is readily identified by its long, pointed
buds, while in late summer the two trees bear very different fruits.
The hornbeam bears bunches of winged seeds that hang down before
detaching and spinning off. In contrast the large seeds, or mast, of
beech are held in hairy cups, very similar to those of its close
relative the sweet chestnut.
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