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Sep 7, 2013 1:19 PM

Tree identification

I have a tree in my garden which I wonder if anyone could help me identify, please?  It's about 15' tall and I thought it had small white flowers in spring, but there are no visible fruits developing.  I would also be interested in any ideas of the best way to manage it, as it has grown too large for the space.

 

Many thanks.

 

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    Sep 7, 2013 4:50 PM (in response to foodgeek)
    Re: Tree identification

    It is a cherry, probably Prunus avium or similar.

     

    It will probably grow a good bit taller and wider, given the chance.

     

    If you cut it back severely now, you may well find that it dies over the next year or two - because you will have let silverleaf disease in. The best way to avoid silverleaf is to:

    - make only small pruning cuts (under 4inches diameter; the smaller the better), as these will heal fairly quickly

    - prune in July, as at this time the cuts will heal much quicker than if pruned in winter

    This advice applies to most Prunus species.

     

    Some cherries are self-sterile (that is, they cannot successfully pollinate themselves). So it may need a male tree nearby to pollinate it, and pollinators such as bees to act as vectors.

     

    Mike

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