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Can anyone id this for me please?

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    It's a tree sapling, maybe Birch.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for the reply, I considered that last year as we have silver birch but the leaves on the small trees are bigger than the leaves on the mature silver birch trees 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    Could be Hazel, then (many things looks similar at that size.)  Any squirrels about? :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • I've compared to hazel and looks completely different to my surprise
  • I've just checked the silver birch tree's new shoots and they are identical to the small tree in question so I suppose my question is now do very young tree's have bigger leaves than their parents? Or is there other birch I should be looking at? 
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391
    Yes, I've seen other tree seedlings with huge leaves when young.  The most common Birch species in the UK are silver and downy, but they also hybridize at lot, so difficult if not impossible to tell until they get a bit older.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,126
    Young leaves are often different to those of the mature plant ... think about how the Paulownia leaves is often pollarded to obtain the huge leaves of the young growth.  Eucalyptus is coppiced to get the differently shaped young leaves, and the leaves of cotinus are much bigger if the shrub is coppiced. 
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  • Thanks for all the help, done a very quick Google search which did seem to suggest that leafs on saplings are often bigger than the adult tree.

    I've now decided these must be the birch as last year I only dismissed that due to leaf size, shame as I've got about 6 or 7 at about 50cm height which I don't really want to just throw away but obviously not the easiest of trees to find a home for due to their eventual size.

    Thank you both again for your help
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 552
    Try putting on Facebook, Nextdoor or Gumtree. 
  • Loraine3 said:
    Try putting on Facebook, Nextdoor or Gumtree. 
    Yeah could do, I'm lucky enough to have lots of space so I'll probably give it a year of thinking if I want to put them anywhere before making a decision.

    Cheers 
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