It looks somewhat like Zelkova, but it's difficult to have much confidence.
- where is it (country, county, town, etc.)?
- what are its flowers like?
- what are its fruit/seeds like?
- how did it get into the garden? (bought and planted, self-sown, suckering under the fence, etc.)
- any chance of a sharp close-up of a few leaves? (flowers/fruit/seeds would also be very useful)
Hi Mike, many thanks for your reply. Please see my answers to your questions below.
The country is UK, Wiltshire, Salisbury area.
As far as I can remember the flowers are white and star shaped but I could be mistaken on this. They are white though.
I haven't seen any fruits or seed pods on it yet but will double check on this.
I bought the tree from a local garden centre some years back and at the moment it is about five to six feet in height. It hasn't grown any taller in the last couple of years so maybe this is the mature height. It looses al leaves in the winter and has the appearance of a really bad hair do.
Anyway, I have attached some leaf and bark pics which I hope will be of some assistance to you.
Many thanks for your valued help on this it is greatly appreciated.
That's useful, thanks.
Forget Zelkova: going on the bark, twigs and buds, I am sure it is a type of Prunus.
And those leaves are fairly distinctive (now I'm thinking in the right ballpark) - I think it is Prunus incisa, the Fuji cherry or March cherry (Kojou-no-mai in transliterated Japanese).
Foliage in autumn
You didn't mention how well it coloured-up in autumn, though it might need a more distinct contrast in weather between summer and winter than often happens in the UK.
That page also shows the flowers, which could be described as you did: 'white and star shaped'..
Your garden centre might still stock it. You could perhaps gain confirmation from going there and asking to be shown their specimens of Prunus incisa. (Let us know.)
Hi Mike, just to let youo know that we have been to the garden centre where they had some Mount Fuji in stock and after comparing leaves etc we confirmed your identification. Pruning is just a case of tidying up straggly branches to maintain shape and apart from that they would seem to look after themselves.
I have also just had a look around your site and am impressed by the depth of knoweledge and variety of questions asked. I would recommend the site to anyone and certainly will do.
Very many thanks for your help I hope you have a really enjoyable weekend.
Best wishes and regards
Thanks for the useful update; good to get confirmation.
The garden centre should have known more about pruning Prunus.
Have a look at my advice on pruning Prunus here
Thank you for your appreciation of the web site. I can take but little credit for it myself, as I am a relative newcomer, just helping out. And I'll get round to posing some of my own questions one of these days!