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Identify my tree please?

It's growing next to a house we're buying. It's about 7m tall. Thank you!


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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    The bark of the tree on the right in your 1st photo and towards the rear of photo 2 looks like cherry, probably an ornamental.  The leaves in pics 3 & 4 are privet.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,363
    A friend of mine had to have her cherry tree taken down as the tap root went right up to the house from about 7 meters away, is this a different scenario from Ornamental cherry Bob? I quite fancy a cherry tree but not if it has to come down after a few years.
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • Thank you Bob and sorry for the rubbish pictures!

    I'm worried about subsidence but from what I can see it's just lifting the paving - which would make sense if it's a cherry tree. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,715
    Pic 2 appears to have flowers. really need much better close up pics if you want an accurate id.

    If tree is  growing on your plot it is very near to the house, I would recommend you cut it down and plant something that will stay small not grow huge.
    If it is in the neighbours plot you are legal allowed to cut off any branches that overhang your side...provided that you offer the branches back to the owner.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Yep, cherries are infamous for sending out long roots going just below the surface - ask anyone who grows cherry trees in a lawn!  It does look a bit close to the house for comfort though. 
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Yeah, it was flagged on the survey. We had a structural survey which said no sign of any impact but I'm regretting not getting an abroculturist to look, we're about to exchange (which is why I have rubbish photos, I can't get too close yet!) 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,715
    Would have cost a lot to get advise from aboriculturist .
    It is not a problem...YET.
    All you need is a bow saw to cut it down and elbow grease. 
    It will take 15mins max to saw it down, and a day to get rid of all the twigs/branched.
    Will be easier to do when all the leaves have fallen off.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    They are relatively short-lived trees anyway (~25-60y) so if you are at all unsure you could wait until it blossoms in spring and if not impressed have it removed and plant something nicer.  Doing that would also allow some light onto the privet which looks like it has suffered in the shade and would grow nicely if cut back hard and given more light.  It's a good idea to wait about a calendar year anyway before doing anything drastic to see what plants are already there. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,715
    edited August 2018
    I am seeing  white flowers in last pic...there are a few things in that area.

    In the gap between the 2 houses there is no room for any large growing trees..cherry or other...in MHO.

    Gutters will fill with dead leaves...not as easy to clear on a house as a bungalow.

    https://amsterdamian.com/see/snapshots/my-favourite-cherry-tree/

    https://giacalonephotos.com/2011/05/03/peaceful-cherry-blossoms/goh30apr11-widetree/
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • I'm not sure if it's in my boundaries or next door - either way may discuss getting rid of it. It is so close it would just worry me. 
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