I am not a gardener, or indeed the kind of person who can pick out an Elm tree from a Beech... And thats why I'm here
I am a modeler, I create 3D tree's for Computer Graphic use and I need to name this tree/shrub. I'm sure it's common, and you will be able to help me in no time, I thank you for your time.
Thanks so much!
narrow whiskery stipules like apple (Malus),
petiolar glands (where leaf blade meets leaf stalk) like cherry (Prunus),
leaves like sallow (Salix) or apple
(and it is not medlar (Mespilus) or quince (Cydonia),
and I don't think it is plum because of those stipules)
thinking cap on...
have a feeling I might kick myself...
...I'd expect broader stipules, as in this graphic
And quite probably slightly undulate margins
And straighter shoots (slight zig-zag in Art's specimen).
Not ruling it out completely, though, especially as it hybridizes.
I knew there would be some good reasons Mike
Now my botanical chum says "Probably plum, stipules and petiolar glands are very much indicating Prunus", which throws it into another particularly challenging area of botany.
Thanks for your help guys.. I'm glad that my couple of hours research that turned up nothing useful wasn't wasted.
It sounds like you guys know what your talking about, and if your not sure, then it makes me feel a whole lot better
Heres some more info..
It doesn't flower, or fruit. (its in my back yard so I know this to be a certainty) and it looks more like a 'bush' than a tree... Although I guess with it's 1 trunk, that qualifies it back to being a young tree?
Heres another couple of pics I just took to help you out.
That's useful. The bark marks it as a Prunus (paperbark maple and some birches are similar but other factors rule those out).
I'm fairly sure it is a plum or gage. It might just be a cherry, but the leaves have more of the look of plum/gage to them.
However, it should have flowered and fruited by this stage of the tree's growth.
As a garden plant, it would have been grafted. It might just be that the scion (the intended cultivar; the bit grafted onto the rootstock) has died and/or been pruned off, leaving the rootstock to take over - and that may be much more shy-flowering or non-flowering until later in its life.
Are you sure you didn't miss its (white or maybe pink) flowers in spring?
Also, depending on cultivar, it may need a pollinator to set fruit. Nonethless, it should have flowered.
Thanks for the thought, but I would say no - the leaves on Myrobalan (Prunus cerasifera) have acute tips. The ones on the mystery tree are obtuse (more like damson, P. domestica var. insititia).