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May 19, 2013 1:53 PM

Identification help needed please.

I've recently moved into a new home and this shrub is growing in part of the garden. I would be most grateful for any ID assistance. Thanks in advance.

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    May 19, 2013 10:55 PM (in response to apw171)
    Re: Identification help needed please.

    Hmmm...

    A little perplexing...

     

    It is in the Rosaceae, but:

    - not almond - flowers too white

    - not bullace - leaves not serrated

    - not hawthorn (not even simple-leaved ones) - leaves not right

    - not Amelanchier - petals wrong

    - not several others

     

    It might be an apple (Malus), but let me ask some queations...

     

    How tall it is?

     

    Single stem or multple stems?

     

    Does it have any thorns?

     

    Please check the bases of the leaves: is there a pair of little glands (perhaps red) on each side where the leaf blade meets the leaf stem? (indicative of Prunus)

     

    If you rummage in the herbage or soil below the shrub, can you find any fruits (even if shrivelled or part-decomposed).

     

    Is it planted in a border or does it in any way lead you to think it might be of horticultural origin, as opposed to wild origin?

     

    Are you sure it doesn't have a label?!

     

    Refs:

    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosaceae

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    May 22, 2013 10:55 AM (in response to apw171)
    Re: Identification help needed please.

    Looks to me like a species of Lilac, were the pictures taken this year and are you in the south of the country?

    I have species of lilac similar to yours but they are not in flower yet. Maybe this will give you a starting point for further investigations!!

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