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Jan 25, 2014 11:38 AM

What is this tree

DSCF4131.JPGThere is a small group of these trees near my house. They must be about 7 metres tall, and are a bit straggly but this may be because they are amongst other trees so short of light. They are still covered with healthy leaves so I assume they are evergreen. The leaves are about 8cm long and smooth to the touch, but I would not call them glossy or leathery. Perhaps the texture of cherry leaves. Underneath the the veins are tinged red and the leaf is paler. I don't remember seeing obvious fruit in the autumn, I'm not sure about flowers.

 

I am trying to identify 50 different trees in the vicinity of where I live and I'm getting stuck at around 35, so help with this one would be great. Thank you.

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    Jan 25, 2014 1:18 PM (in response to Katherinels)
    Re: What is this tree

    Katherine,

     

    Try Cotoneaster.

    There are lots of species, more cultivars, and they hybridize to give yet more intermediates!

    You may think of Cotoneaster as being smallish, but some can grow to the size you mention.

    Pay annetnion to the bark as well as other factors.

    Look for fruit amongst the leaf litter. Even if it is old and brown and decaying, it may still provide a good clue (eg. singles or clusters of berries for cotoneaster).

     

    Mike

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