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Anyone identify this tree please

Help please. We recently moved into a rental property and I'm trying to identify this tree and if possible what's wrong with it. Thinking its a fruit tree because it did bear what appeared to be a small apple at one point, but we've had no more since. 
Some of the leaves have become shriveled. 
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,888
    edited August 2021
    Looks like an apple tree to me.   It's been chopped back and thrown up some water shoots and now needs  pruning to amend the problem ... possible @BobTheGardener could advise?

    Looks as if the spot might be very dry too ... generous watering in the spring may help.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,719
    I think it's an apple tree too. It badly needs pruning. There is a lot of information if you Google it. It's also planted rather close to the fence where the rain won't reach it so easily so it could do with a can full of water sometimes.

    Of course, it won't bear fruit unless it has blossom in the spring and insects pollenate it. Many apple trees aren't self fertile and need the pollen from a different apple tree. Are there any others nearby?
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I would avoid doing any pruning now as it will stimulate fresh growth which won't 'harden' in time to survive winter frosts.  Once all the leaves have dropped, you could post another photo of the whole tree which will help in advising where the cuts need to be made.  As said, lots of videos on the internet which may help and this blog on a commercial fruit tree supplier's site is worth a read:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks to all for the comments last year. Further to Bob The Gardeners reply here is a photo of the tree now it's shed its leaves.  Advice on pruning would be greatly appreciated.
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