Two tree id's please

turmericturmeric Posts: 617
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.


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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 1,625
    Looks like a willow and a hazel to me.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 617
    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: 4,553
    Or perhaps a willow and an alder...
    "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change"    Stephen Hawking
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 1,625
    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: 617
    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: 1,625
    It's a shame they didn't plant another of those variagated hollies instead. It's a lovely looking tree.
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 617
    And evergreen for privacy! :)
  • Del_GriffithDel_Griffith Posts: 89
    edited 4 December
    Hmm..maybe a Goat Willow. I thought at first it was Crack Willow but I think the leaves are slightly different.
    But whatever it is the roots will be pretty unstoppable... I think your fence posts might be in danger. :#
    Is your ground boggy or clayey?

    To work out the potential risks trees pose to building foundations there are some simple calculations in section 4 (part 4.2) of NHBC standards.




  • turmericturmeric Posts: 617
    Thank you Del.  Now I just need to download Adobe 10 to view the NHBC thing and I'm good to go :)
  • Del_GriffithDel_Griffith Posts: 89
    turmeric said:
    Thank you Del.  Now I just need to download Adobe 10 to view the NHBC thing.. :)
    To be fair...so did I :)

    I have a very old well thumbed copy..which I suspect is now extremely out of date!
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