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Beginner - help needed to identify tree - please!

FossbeckFossbeck Posts: 9
Hi all,

Bit of a newcomer here - and probably the first of many posts, but we've just moved into a new house and really want to try to identify the only tree that's in our garden. I have attached some pictures. I've done a bit of research online but would REALLY appreciate it if any of you experts could clarify what it is?

Many thanks in advance.
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Can't be sure until the leaves open out a bit more, but I'd say hawthorn.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234
    The leaves look like hawthorn but if it is it's a whopper!  :o
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,859
    Hi Fossbeck. It could be a Pedunculate Oak but it might be easier to identify it once the leaves are fully developed.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376
    edited April 2018
    The bark is right for an ancient Hawthorn, I think that's what it is, they are quite big when allowed to be
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,859
    Hi nutcutlet - do they lose their spines when they get old? I'm sort of used to them being hedgerow Its rather fine as an old tree.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376
    Has it got no thorns? I can't see anything clearly enough to tell. I'm going mainly on the bark and how it's re-grown from where it's been cut back
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,859
    I couldn't see any thorns myself. Fossbeck, please let us know if your tree has thorns on it.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • FossbeckFossbeck Posts: 9
    Hi all, thanks for the great replies. Several other people have said it’s a hawthorn but we’ve also had cherry tree, too?! 

    It does have thorns yes, although not a huge amount it has to be said. 

    It sounds like I need to wait for the leaves to open before I can be 100%?

    It would be great if it is a hawthorn as the house currently has a terrible name, we can’t just remove it, it has to be called something else, and ‘Hawthorn House’ has a nice ring to it. 🙂
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376
    Many trees have thorns on low growth as a defense against animals eating them. No lower growth here. I'm happy with Hawthorn for that
  • Its a Hawthorn but there are I think about 80 varieties of that species. http://www.bluebellnursery.com/catalogue/trees/Crataegus
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