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  • Wild_VioletWild_Violet Posts: 193

     I asked about identifying this tree last year.  Do the flowers help to identify it?
    Thanks 😊 

  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It looks like a crab apple blossom Wild_Violet. Does it bear fruit?
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Wild_VioletWild_Violet Posts: 193
    I’ve never seen any fruit or flowers on it before but it seems to like the sun. Some folks last year thought it could be a blackthorn due to the huge thorns - maybe it’ll produce sloes this year. 
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Buckthorn produces small, starry type blossoms, the roadsides up here are covered in it just now. Different from the blossom on your tree. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Wild_VioletWild_Violet Posts: 193
    Thank you for your replies. The blossom is very much like that on my two apple trees. This is the first year it has flowered so hopefully some fruits will follow. I wonder what it will be! 😀
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,961
    edited May 2022
    It looks like an apple or crab apple, or possibly a quince as @Fairygirl  suggested. I think what were thought last year to be ‘spines’ are actually ‘fruiting spurs’ … and now the tree is happier and healthier many of those spurs are producing blossom … hopefully fruit will follow. 

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

  • Wild_VioletWild_Violet Posts: 193
    Thanks - I would be delighted if it produces something edible - either for the birds or us. 😊
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    It's not blackthorn  :)
    I'd agree with @Dovefromabove, if it doesn't have those thorns, it could be a crab apple or something similar. 
    Certainly nice for you anyway @Wild_Violet. Keep us updated  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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