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Tree Identification - does anyone know what it is please?

January ManJanuary Man Posts: 212
edited June 2020 in Plants

The photos were taken a month or so ago.  I'm happy to take some more now and / or to take any further photos that may help ID it.  

Many thanks


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    A purple leaved prunus is all I could say for definite, but a Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra') is perhaps the most likely.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • January ManJanuary Man Posts: 212
    edited June 2020
    Thanks Bob.  

    It has been suggested on another forum that it could be a crab apple...  Well, I didn't have a clue what it was/is, so narrowing it down to two is a very good start!  :)

    Does anyone else think it could be a crab apple (or prunus)?
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,433
    edited June 2020
    From pics it is hard to see difference between Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra....common name Cherry plum and red leaved Apple...Malus.
    I would suggest that cherry usually flowers early in the spring before Malus.
    Up here Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra was in flower in March...see pics 2.3 4.

    Your pic still shows flowers and it is Mid June.
    So my vote goes to Apple.

    Cherry plum..small with a single stone in the centre .
    Apple... very different..Cut in half to see the pips...see 1.5.6

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,786
    It looks to me as if the flowers were a darker pink and later than Prunus cerasifera Nigra (which has pale pink flowers quite early in spring), so I'd go for crab apple too.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • January ManJanuary Man Posts: 212
    Sorry, just to be clear the photos showing the flowers - in fact, all of the photos in the first post - were taken a month ago...
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