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Mystery tree / shrub

Hi, does anyone recognise what this plant is?  I had thought it was a pyracantha but it’s obviously losing its leaves for winter (or dying as I had to relocate it) or is it something else?  I have temporarily moved it into a large pot to help it recover from digging it up and work out where to plant it.  It’s around 2m + tall and the leaves were medium green.  I’ve not known it to flower or produce any fruit and it started off in a small plastic pot several years ago (possibly a rescue.). Thanks.


  • Could it be an immature blackthorn?  I would be pretty happy if it was. 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Not blackthorn, unless there's something odd about the scale of the photo.
    Maybe a quince of some kind. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks @Fairygirl
    I was mostly looking up at the plant in my photos as it is over  2m tall. I’ll leave it in its pot and see what spring brings. 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    If it's been on the pot a long time, it may not perform as it should. 
    Maybe it is blackthorn, but the foliage looks too broad. I could go and look at mine but it's dark  ;)
    Perhaps @Silver surfer can have a look if she's around  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,541
    I thought blackthorn, but the leaves seem too big. 
    I'd say Prunus of some sort though
  • Thanks @Hostafan1
    I’ll take another photo tomorrow with my hand in a shot with the leaves to show scale better. I think the third photo above does make the leaves look bigger than they really are.
  • It does look like Prunus sp.
    But have tried to see thorns for Prunus spinosa...common name Blackthorn, but cannot see any.
    Don't think leaves are right for Blackthorn either.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Thank you @Silver surfer
    It does have thorns (more like spikes!) but it maybe hasn’t got off to the best start in life.   I probably rescued it and stuck it in a pot, as I am want to do with any saplings growing in the garden.  I can’t really remember how long it had been in the pot but I suddenly noticed that it had become very tall and as it was very near to a (shaded) wall that adjoins my house, I needed to move it. The poor thing had grown quite large roots through the small plastic pot but who knows how long it had been bound in there. I really hope it survives whatever it is. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,025
    Looks like a prunus to me … but which one I dunno 🤷‍♀️ 
    A close up pic of the blossom in the spring will help. 😊 

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

  • Thanks @Dovefromabove  
    I’ve never seen it flower so maybe now that it’s out of the shade it might be happier.  I’ll post again in spring hopefully with an update. 😊
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