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DrBoothDrBooth Posts: 5
edited March 2019 in Problem solving

Is it at all possible to help me identify the type of this tree in my garden from a photograph?


  • RubytooRubytoo On the sofa, Southerly aspect.Posts: 1,287
    I think it is a cotoneaster of some kind.
    There are a lot of cultivated varieties. From tiny ground hugging ones to big tree like ones.
    They are generally big shrubs rather than a tree. But can seem tree like or be grown like one.

    Do you know if it gets white flowers and winter berries?
    (Berries of different varieties can be red, orange or even yellow).
  • DrBoothDrBooth Posts: 5
    OK that's good. My main concern was that it was not a willow.

    Someone who wasn't sure has told it was a willow and I must remove it because it is close to the house.
    I will keep on eye on how the leaves develop and any fruit it bears.

    Thanks for the reply.
  • Finally got this confirmed by an Arboriculturalist. It is indeed a Cotoneaster, thanks Rubytoo.
    I also found Cotoneaster is not pronounced anything like you would think.

    Clearer now it has flowered

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,143
    My mother used to pronounce it the way you would think ... until she found out she’d was wrong ... but she said she wasn’t wrong ... ‘they’ had changed the pronunciation 🤣 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • That particular one makes a good tree. My garden is very large and I inherited lots of different ones. They are great for wildlife, bees love the flowers, the buzzing is almost deafening when you walk past. Good cover for birds and then berries for winter.
    They are undemanding and look good both in flower and berry, but keep a lookout - you will find young plants germinating everywhere! They have been useful space fillers for me, with the different varieties, but I have so many now that I have to weed them out.

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