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May 18, 2014 12:22 PM

Struggling to ID a tree in Hull

Hello Forum


I am struggling to ID this tree I saw in Hull. It was along the boundary of some derelict ground with a few others. Also present were Swedish Whitbeam, Laburnum and some confiers so I am assuming its an ornamental but ?i cabnt see anything similar in my books.


I have attached some photos and any advice woulfd be welcome. 


Thanks Andrew


P.S I tried to post his previously but my coputor went down so I am hoping this is not a repeated post.

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    May 18, 2014 12:38 PM (in response to Andrew)
    Re: Struggling to ID a tree in Hull



    I'm pretty sure this is a pear, Pyrus sp., perhaps P. communis.

    That's going on foliage, twigs, bark, and overall form of the tree.

    Some white blossom would help firm-up that ID, as would fruits/seeds (which may persist on the ground below).



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        May 27, 2014 4:39 PM (in response to Andrew)
        Re: Struggling to ID a tree in Hull

        Hi Andrew,


        Pear bark isn't 100% characteristic (not least because bark is difficult to describe adequately, so the literature could not be completely reliable). But the overall impression ('jizz' in biological lingo), in combination with other factors, contributes to confidence in an ID.


        Leaf shape, like fruit shape, can vary between species and cultivars. Also, bear in mind that cultivars are grafted onto (different) rootstocks, So if you get shoots or suckers coming from below the graft union, they will have different leaves fruit to the top growth (the cultivar itself).


        For many years, I grew as a bonsai a root sucker from a cultivated pear tree. The cultivar had mid-size leaves like yours, but the sucker had little round leaves (with a very sudden small tip).



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