Two tree id's please

turmericturmeric Posts: 628
Hello, sorry for the poor photos but does anyone know what these two deciduous trees are?  I'm thinking a willow next to a beech? I've tried to get a closeup of the remaining leaves on the one I think is a willow and the other one seems to have some yellowed, larger, rounder leaves and catkins but I realise it's not a good time of year to id deciduous plants.  Many thanks.


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 2,629
    Looks like a willow and a hazel to me.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 628
    Ah yes, that's why the larger leaf looked familiar.  So am I right in thinking both can be cut back hard and will regrow?

    Also, if one is a willow is that a worry if it's 6ft from the house (the tree's about 7ft tall)?
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Todmorden, West YorksPosts: 5,076
    Or perhaps a willow and an alder...
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 2,629
    An alder would probably have visible cones this time of year as well as the catkins.

    Willows are tricky in gardens as they have a habit of seeking out damp places with their roots and end up blocking drains. Good for the bees though if they're allowed to flower. Personally, given how close they are to each other, I'd lose the willow and keep coppicing the hazel to control it's size. The cuttings make good bean sticks if they grow straight enough.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 628
    Thing is I think the willow was planted to give a degree of privacy so by losing it they lose the privacy.  

    There's definitely no visible cones, just catkins.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 2,629
    It's a shame they didn't plant another of those variagated hollies instead. It's a lovely looking tree.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 628
    And evergreen for privacy! :)
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 628
    Thank you Del.  Now I just need to download Adobe 10 to view the NHBC thing and I'm good to go :)
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