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Hi can anyone tell me what this is? Mothere in law doesn't know what it is and would like to find out, but said it used to hang nicely and doesn't know how to train it to do so again. Thanks in advanced image

Last edited: 27 August 2017 13:27:57


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    From that photo it looks like a type of Prunus, Cherry tree perhaps. When she said 'hang nicely'  I wondered whether she meant training onto something or perhaps, it is a type of weeping tree where the leaves nod downwards. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    stem looks like a cherry?

    Weeping trees are grafted. The rootstock is not a weeping tree. If shoots come from below the graft they will not be weeping and will also be much stronger growing than the weeping ones. They will win and the weeping branches will be overcome. Looks like that's what's happened here

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    That makes sense Nutcutlet. I wondered why there was a big stump and thought it had been cut down at one point, but your explanation may be the clue in the 'hang nicely' comment.

  • Yeah that makes sense, so is there any way to fix this, no? She said it was something that attracted her to the house and is sad that it's now like this. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    no way to fix it if the weeping branches have gone

    The rootstock growth will be wild cherry and not what your MIL wants.

    If the weeping branches are still there, be ruthless, cut off the upright ones

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • There's one that's there, will that do? I'll head over tomorrow and get them all off, here's hoping I can save it  I've took another picture from the other side.


  • Also is there any sort of care it needs I can let her know what to do with it? 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,350

    it looks a bit squashed in. Has it got room to grow? bearing in mind the conifer is growing as well.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I know shes trying to get someone to get rid of that conifer, theres a pieris that needs pruned too, but it generally has a lot of room after they both are pruned. it was a nice garden once, just doesn't know how to maintain it. 

    Last edited: 27 August 2017 21:38:03

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