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This tree was in our garden when we bought the house two years ago. It does it’s thing every year without much care but I know that won’t last forever. We’ve trawled websites trying to identify it to make sure we look after it properly but can’t find it anywhere!

anyone got any idea? 



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,676
    hi, and welcome to the forum. but I can't see your photo. Click on the little icon which looks a postcard of a mountain.

  • Thanks for the speedy reply! I thought they’d uploaded but they should be there now.

    Would be great to get your thoughts!
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,871
    It looks Rowan-like. The leaf shape is slightly different to the common Sorbus aucuparia, I think. Could we have a leaf close-up? 
    Does it produce flowers in May? Does it produce berries in Autumn and are they red or white? 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,325
    Common Ash, weed tree round here
  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 206
    Robinia false acacia ?
  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    It’s an ash...giveaway is the dark black buds.  A potentially precious tree as with ash die back ravaging the countryside they are becoming less common.  I would prune back the leader before it gets out of reach as these can be very vigorous so in a small garden need to be schooled.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Agree with Perki, common ash and multi-stemmed as it has likely been cut to the ground at some point.  They self-seed everywhere here and are far too vigorous for a small garden.  Best rid of it before it grows to twice the height of a two-story house, which it will in about 20 years if left to do its thing.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,200
    Agree with Perki and others Fraxinus excelsior...common ash tree.
    Very sad.... but not at all suitable for a small garden.
    Far too near the house.
    Better to remove it asap before it gets bigger.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thank you everyone for your input it’s been super helpful! 

    Im going to look into ways to control it rather than removing it but it would explain why we’ve seen two smaller versions popping up since we’ve cut back some of the overgrowth that was generously left to us!

    Will definitely be returning for more advice and ideas. You guys are awesome 👍🏻👍🏻
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