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334 Views 1 Reply Last post: Jul 18, 2013 5:50 AM by MikeHardman RSS
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Jul 18, 2013 12:13 AM

Please can someone identify this tree?

For me the baffling thing about this tree is that the leaves occur in groups of four  to seven  individual leaves  each of which is attached by a thin  and very flexible rhubarb-red stalk  to  a short spur  or node formed  at  a random  angular position  along   a branch.  Each  leaf group   forms a whorl  around its spur,   Whatever the angular position of the spur   the stalks are long enough  to allow all of the leave blades   to hang  tip down below the branch which carries them.  There's no useful evidence of flowers or fruit.  Young tree  about 120 mm diameter,  maybe 4 metres high  and still in its wire cage. Help!

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    Jul 18, 2013 5:50 AM (in response to Centauri)
    Re: Please can someone identify this tree?

    It is a cherry, Prunus avium or similar.

    Note the tiny red glands at the bottom of the blade of the leaf (before the stalk) - characteristic of Prunus (though not always present or obvious).

    The grouping of leaves is just how they happen to occur on stubby spurs.

     

    Mike

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