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Jul 3, 2012 12:37 PM

Tree / Shrub idenification

Hi,

I was wondering if the tree photographed could be identified. It seems to be syffering greatly this year and I was wondering what to do to either replace or help it!

 

It is a decidous tree with small plamate leaves that in the spring are deep red in colour. At this time there are also abundant small red flowers which hang in clusters and these produce plenty of small red berry like fruit (which are devoured by the sparrows!)

 

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We were told this was a 'May' Tree (there are other taller versions on the estate) but this doesnt seem to fit.

Thanks for your help.

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    Jul 3, 2012 1:13 PM (in response to Gavlp)
    Re: Tree / Shrub idenification

    At first glance, I wondered if this was a very old photinia, but this doesn't seem to fit with the flower/fruit picture.

    Possibly a red dogwood??

     

    I really don't know what it is, but it's clearly very old, looking at the lichened and fissured bark and the straggly nature of growth.  If you are feeling brave, I'd suggest a radical prune at the appropriate time and see what happens - but plant two more trees of your choice just in case!!

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    Jul 3, 2012 7:31 PM (in response to Gavlp)
    Re: Tree / Shrub idenification

    I wonder if this can be an Arbuto sp. (but from the images I can tell very little). In what way are the leaves palmate? (They look simple as far as I can see.) A. menziesii is a guess, but only a guess.

     

    After thinking a little more, and reading your post (I never read thorougly enough), I guess it's some Prunus sp.

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