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Apr 21, 2013 3:11 PM

Unusual tree

Can anybody identify this tree please?

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    Apr 21, 2013 9:58 PM (in response to CRC)
    Re: Unusual tree

    When identifying a conifer it is always useful to look at the cones. Do you have any photos of cones?

    Superficially it looks like a species/cultivar of Cupressus.

    Where is it growing?

    Is it wild or cultivated?

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        Apr 23, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to CRC)
        Re: Unusual tree

        From a garden centre - OK - that broadens the possibilities.

        We'll see how we get on, as & when you can post further photos, such as cones. Once I've seen the cones, I may have other questions. There's a good chance we can get a reasonable ID (genus), and a fair chance we can get to a shortlist of possible species.

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            May 1, 2013 6:00 AM (in response to CRC)
            Re: Unusual tree

            That's useful.

             

            It is probably a Cupressus or Chamaecyparis or Thuja, or maybe another related genus I can't bring to mind just now.

            If so, the cones will be round and lumpy (smooth when new, cracked open when old), down to the size of your little finger nail - so you might not have spotted them under the tree because of their small size and not looking quite as cone shaped as one might expect.

            By way of example, this link shows the flowers (as in your latest photo) and conces - http://lh2treeid.blogspot.com/search/label/Cupressaceae

            See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamaecyparis_lawsoniana, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja..

             

            But if there are no cones at all, it could be a hybrid (especially if from a garden centre).

            The obvious candidate is Leyland cypress (X Cupressocyparis leylandii), but that produces very little flower; your photo shows otherwise

            (http://apps.kew.org/trees/?page_id=142).

             

            I'll leave you to do some looking, armed with that extra info.

            Bear in mind, that horticulutral forms (cultivars) of the species you may come across can look rather different (height, colour, habit, etc.) from the true species (which you may find in your searches).

            If you find some good candidates, please post here.

            If not, don't be surprised - there are thousands of conifer cultivars out there.

             

            I shall scratch my head some more also.

             

            But we may need to wait until later in the year, to see if little round lumpy cones form. Then we can look at those to narrow down the search.

             


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