Still bearing the fruit of last spring's blossom, this blackthorn Prunus spinosa twig with its tight little clusters of buds will be clothed in a froth of white flowers in a little over three months from now. Blackthorn flower buds are carried on short woody spurs.
The attractive buds of bird cherry Prunus padus - glossy, purple-brown and pointed. A hedgerow tree that's commonest in the northern half of Britain.
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna with short, pointed buds and twigs that often end in the thorns that make this such an effective, stock-proof hedge.
Small greenish buds of silver birch Betula pendula, on long, slender twigs that contribute to the tree's graceful silhouette in winter
Field maple Acer campestre. The short space between the bud scale scars that girdle this twig show that it made little growth over the last two years.
The twin buds at the end of this field maple Acer campestre twig show that last year it would have carried a single flower bud that developed into a bunch of winged seeds at the end of the twig, which have since been dispersed. A bud developed on each side the the bunch of seeds, so next year this twig will branch into two.