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Aug 11, 2014 5:42 PM

Does anyone know the name of this tree?

I thought this was quite interesting with it's green bark. Is it a kind of birch?

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    Aug 11, 2014 6:56 PM (in response to bobbinbuy)
    Re: Does anyone know the name of this tree?

    Could do with some clearer pictures and more info (flowers/fruit/height/place).

     

    Superficially it could be a European beech, Fagus sylvatica.

    Look on the ground for last year's fruit (if beech, it would be small brown husks)

     

    Mike

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    Aug 11, 2014 10:12 PM (in response to bobbinbuy)
    Re: Does anyone know the name of this tree?

    Thinking out loud...

    I wondered about Cornus (although most have opposite leaves, some species have alternate ones, like yours). But the leaves in yours do not have sufficiently prominent main veins and they appear not to be toothed.

    ...Ditto Carpinus, Ostrya (though leaves in the background look like Carpinus/Ostrya or even Ulmus)

    Some maples have green trunks as young trees, but they always have opposite leaves.

    There is a superficial resemblance to some roses, but too many things wrong.

    Celtis: leaves not pointed enough.

    Salix: leaves not right, even for a sallow.

    Nyssa sylvatica: leaves about right, but twigs grey-brown (not yellowy green like yours).

    ..Ditto Rhamnus, Elaeagnus, Cydonia

    Ligustrum, Euonymus, Vibunum, Prunus - no

    Nothofagus - various things wrong

    Cestrum - leaves too narrow, +

    I don't get any Betula (birch) to fit, either.

    Alnus viridis is similar in some ways, but still not right.

    There are quite a few species of Cotoneaster that key-out as fitting (first link below), and I haven't checked them all individually, but it doesn't look right for Cotoneaster in general.

     

    ...So if it is a British native or commonly cultivated tree/shrub, I don't know (or I am going to kick myself).

     

    Any chance you could find out from the landowner?

    Are there lots of them in the area, or is this the only one(/few)?

    Info in fruit/flowers would be really helpful... (maybe on another visit?)

     

    Ref:

    - http://dbiodbs.univ.trieste.it/carso/chiavi_pub21?sc=308

    - http://www-saps.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/trees/index1.htm

     

    Mike

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      Aug 11, 2014 10:43 PM (in response to MikeHardman)
      Re: Does anyone know the name of this tree?

      Hi

       

      I have been looking at your pictures and like Mike a little baffled is it possible the leaves in your picture are not from the same plant

       

      I have just dived out into the garden (23 .35 local time lol) with my camera because the bark is a dead ringer for one of my  Japanese Acers

       

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      Steve

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