Plants and Trees (English Vocabulary)

ESL Vocabulary for Plants and Trees

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The following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 18 words from the "plants and trees" category:
Learning about plants and trees is important for gardening, environmental discussions, and botany.

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Example Sentences


shrub icon

a small to medium-sized woody plant with multiple stems and usually shorter in height than a tree

Easy Examples

  • A shrub is a small plant with lots of branches and leaves.
  • Shrubs can be found in gardens and parks.
  • Some shrubs have pretty flowers.

Harder Examples

  • They planted a beautiful flowering shrub in their garden.
  • The shrub provided a natural barrier between the two properties.
  • She trimmed the shrub to maintain its shape and size.


weeds icon

wild plants that grow in gardens, lawns, or other unwanted areas and are often considered undesirable or invasive

Easy Examples

  • Weeds are plants that grow where you don't want them to, like in your garden.
  • People pull weeds to keep gardens tidy.
  • Weeds can be annoying.

Harder Examples

  • He spent the afternoon pulling out weeds from the vegetable patch.
  • The garden needed weeding to make it look more presentable.
  • They used a weed killer to control the growth of unwanted weeds.


willow icon

a type of deciduous tree with long, slender branches and narrow leaves that often droop, commonly found near water bodies

Easy Examples

  • A willow is a tall tree with leaves that hang down.
  • Willows are often near water like rivers.
  • Willow branches are used to make things.

Harder Examples

  • The willow tree's branches swayed in the breeze by the riverside.
  • She collected willow branches to make a decorative wreath.
  • They enjoyed picnicking in the shade of the majestic willow tree.


bamboo icon

a tall, fast-growing plant known for its strong, hollow stems, often used in construction, crafts, and as a food source

Easy Examples

  • Bamboo is a strong plant that looks like long sticks.
  • People use bamboo to make furniture and paper.
  • Pandas like to eat bamboo.

Harder Examples

  • They used bamboo to build a sturdy fence around the garden.
  • She crafted beautiful bamboo furniture for her patio.
  • Bamboo shoots are a common ingredient in Asian cuisine.


beech icon

a type of deciduous tree with smooth, gray bark and toothed leaves that turn golden in the autumn

Easy Examples

  • A beech tree is big with smooth gray bark and green leaves.
  • Beech trees give shade and turn golden in the fall.
  • Beech nuts are food for animals.

Harder Examples

  • The beech tree's leaves rustled in the gentle breeze.
  • He carved intricate patterns into a beechwood panel.
  • They hiked through the beech forest, enjoying the fall foliage.


birch icon

a type of deciduous tree with distinctive papery bark and often triangular leaves, known for its aesthetic appeal

Easy Examples

  • A birch tree is tall with papery white bark.
  • Birch trees are graceful and found around the world.
  • Birch wood is used for many things.

Harder Examples

  • The birch trees stood in stark contrast to the dark forest backdrop.
  • She admired the silver birch's elegant appearance in the garden.
  • They planted a row of birch trees to create a natural boundary.


cactus icon

a succulent plant with thick, fleshy stems and spines, adapted to arid and desert environments

Easy Examples

  • A cactus is a prickly plant that stores water.
  • Cacti live in deserts and can handle heat and dryness.
  • Some cacti have beautiful flowers.

Harder Examples

  • They marveled at the unique shapes of the desert cacti.
  • She grew cacti in pots on her windowsill as houseplants.
  • Cacti are well-suited to survive in dry and hot climates.


cattails icon

tall wetland plants with cylindrical flower spikes and long, slender leaves, commonly found near ponds and marshes

Easy Examples

  • Cattails are tall plants with fluffy tops.
  • Cattails grow in wetlands and look unique.
  • Cattails provide homes for birds and insects.

Harder Examples

  • The cattails swayed gracefully in the breeze along the pond's edge.
  • He used cattails in floral arrangements for a rustic wedding.
  • Cattails provide important habitat for wildlife in wetland ecosystems.


cedar icon

a type of evergreen tree known for its aromatic wood, often used in construction and for its natural insect-repelling properties

Easy Examples

  • Cedar trees are big and have fragrant wood and leaves.
  • Cedar wood is used to make furniture and more.
  • Cedar trees smell fresh and nice.

Harder Examples

  • The cedar forest emitted a pleasant fragrance on a warm day.
  • She stored her woolen clothes in cedar-lined drawers to deter moths.
  • Cedar wood is prized for its durability and resistance to decay.


elm icon

a deciduous tree with serrated leaves and a distinctive vase-shaped canopy

Easy Examples

  • An elm tree is tall with rough leaves.
  • Elm trees are in parks and along streets, giving shade.
  • Elm wood makes furniture and canoes.

Harder Examples

  • The elm trees provided a canopy of shade in the park.
  • She admired the intricate patterns on the elm tree's leaves.
  • Elms were once commonly planted along streets in many cities.


fern icon

a non-flowering, green plant with delicate fronds and spores on the underside of its leaves

Easy Examples

  • A fern is a leafy plant with feathery leaves.
  • Ferns grow in forests, gardens, and as houseplants.
  • Ferns add green to shady areas.

Harder Examples

  • The ferns carpeted the forest floor with lush greenery.
  • She decorated her home with potted ferns to create a natural ambiance.
  • Ferns have a prehistoric origin and come in various shapes and sizes.


grass icon

a common green plant with narrow leaves that forms the foundation of many lawns and natural landscapes

Easy Examples

  • Grass is green and covers lawns and fields.
  • We walk and play on grass in parks.
  • Grass needs sunlight and water.

Harder Examples

  • The grass in the backyard needed mowing after a rainy week.
  • He lay down on the soft grass to enjoy the sunshine.
  • Grass provides a comfortable surface for picnics and outdoor activities.


ivy icon

a climbing vine with dark green, lobed leaves, often used to cover walls or trellises for aesthetic purposes

Easy Examples

  • Ivy is a climbing plant with shiny leaves.
  • Ivy climbs walls and trees as decoration.
  • Ivy looks pretty in gardens and on buildings.

Harder Examples

  • The ivy covered the old stone wall, giving it a timeless charm.
  • She carefully trimmed the ivy to maintain its neat appearance.
  • Ivy is known for its ability to thrive in various environmental conditions.


maple icon

a deciduous tree known for its distinctive palmate leaves and, in some species, for its sweet sap used to make maple syrup

Easy Examples

  • A maple tree is tall and has colorful leaves in the fall.
  • Maple trees make sweet syrup from their sap.
  • Maple leaves turn red, orange, and yellow in autumn.

Harder Examples

  • The maple leaves turned vibrant shades of red and orange in the fall.
  • She enjoyed pancakes topped with delicious maple syrup.
  • Maple wood is often used in furniture and cabinetry.


moss icon

a small, non-vascular plant that typically grows in dense, green mats or clumps in moist and shady areas

Easy Examples

  • Moss is a tiny, soft plant in damp and shady spots.
  • Moss can be found in forests and on rocks.
  • Moss makes things look cozy.

Harder Examples

  • The moss-covered stones gave the garden a mystical atmosphere.
  • He observed tiny creatures living among the mosses in the forest.
  • Mosses play a crucial role in soil conservation and moisture retention.


oak icon

a large, deciduous tree known for its strong and durable wood, as well as its distinctive lobed leaves

Easy Examples

  • An oak tree is big and strong with rounded leaves.
  • Oak wood is used for furniture and flooring.
  • Oak trees are symbols of strength.

Harder Examples

  • The oak tree provided a majestic presence in the park.
  • She collected acorns beneath the sprawling oak canopy.
  • Oak barrels are commonly used for aging wine and whiskey.


palm icon

a type of tropical tree with fan-shaped leaves and typically a single, unbranched stem

Easy Examples

  • A palm tree is tall and has fan-like leaves.
  • Palm trees are near beaches and in tropical places.
  • Palm leaves are used for making things.

Harder Examples

  • The palm trees swayed in the gentle breeze on the beach.
  • She sipped a refreshing coconut drink under the shade of a palm.
  • Palm oil is a common ingredient in various food products.


pine icon

an evergreen tree with needle-like leaves and often conical-shaped cones, common in many forested regions

Easy Examples

  • A pine tree is evergreen with long needles and cones.
  • Pine trees stay green all year and make new trees from cones.
  • Pine wood is used for building.

Harder Examples

  • The pine forest exuded a fresh scent on a crisp morning.
  • He collected pine cones to use for crafting holiday decorations.
  • Pine wood is used in construction and woodworking projects.
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