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  • Hope I can get a more definite identification so I know how to care for it properly. 
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,671
    edited November 2021

    pbywater1975 Hmm!
    So much for helpful neighbours!
    I wasn't happy about the bark for it to be cherry!

    Thank you for looking and adding new pics.
    I agree with others.
    This rules out Prunus   common name cherry...too many seeds.
    Rules out Prunus.....cherry plum...too many seeds.
    Rules out Crataegus...leaf is wrong.

    So leave us with Malus....common name apple...with the apple pips inside.
    Probably a crab apple rather than an eating apple
    May I suggest you check the base of your tree for suckers.

    Pruning is different for Prunus V Malus.
    Or Cherry V Apple.
    https://www.rhsplants.co.uk/features/_/articleid.1087/


    https://mortonarb.org/plant-and-protect/trees-and-plants/crabapple-cultivars/#!

    Apple pics below.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .






  • pbywater1975 Hmm!
    So much for helpful neighbours!
    I wasn't happy about the bark for it to be cherry!

    Thank you for looking and adding new pics.
    I agree with others.
    This rules out Prunus   common name cherry...too many seeds.
    Rules out Prunus.....cherry plum...too many seeds.
    Rules out Crataegus...leaf is wrong.

    So leave us with Malus....common name apple...with the apple pips inside.
    Probably a crab apple rather than an eating apple
    May I suggest you check the base of your tree for suckers.

    Pruning is different for Prunus V Malus.
    Or Cherry V Apple.
    https://www.rhsplants.co.uk/features/_/articleid.1087/


    https://mortonarb.org/plant-and-protect/trees-and-plants/crabapple-cultivars/#!

    Apple pics below.
    Brilliant thanks Silver Surfer!
    can I ask what you mean by suckers?
    i am not horticultural at all, but looking forward to that changing in the future!
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,671
    edited November 2021
    Right suckers!
    Nursery men sometimes grow trees and shrubs ....then they cut the top off and graft on a special tree on top.

    So your apple will have the root of a common apple...with maybe single white flowers.
    On top they have grafted a special crab apple with fab pink (double )flowers.

    Sometimes the roots start to sprout shoots...these are known as suckers.
    Left untrimmed you will get the common apple growing larger branches.
    Go right back below soil level and pull or cut any suckers off.

    Pic below shows a grafted tree ...notice the different bark where the graft join is.


    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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