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Jun 2, 2014 2:05 PM

Tree identification

Any idea what this tree is ?

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    Jun 2, 2014 11:01 PM (in response to Stan)
    Re: Tree identification

    Stan,

     

    I think this is myrobalan plum, Prunus cerasifera

    - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_plum

    (I'm bearing in mind the fruit shown in 'photo 2.JPG')

    (The fruit and leaves are not right for Prunus avium.)

     

    This species is often seen as a purple leaved cultivar, such as 'Atropurpurea', 'Pissardii', or '

    'Nigra'. In a garden, it would be unusual to see the plain species.

     

    But it is often used as a rootstock (eg. P. c. 29C), onto which selected cultivars are grafted. If not properly managed, it is possible for shoots from the rootstock to take-over a tree, completely supressing the cultivar. I wonder if that has happened in this case. Bear in mind the rootstock may go up to head height, the grafting being done at that level.

     

    Mike

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