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Mystery 'Tree'

Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

We have what appears to be an old small deciduous tree in our garden ( Aberdeenshire ), but cannot identify it.  Maybe it's an out-of-hand shrub?

Here goes: it has a 'weeping' pendulous habit, stands around 3 metres by  the same spread, never seeming to get bigger, and now, in February, has a tiny soft lime-yellow blossom, like a small ball of little florets, every few inches along the pendulous stems; these are not fragrant.  The leaves, when they appear after the flowers in March/April, are a light to mid-green and develop a slightly ruby 'flush' later in the year, as if the tree is blushing; the colour does not noticably change in the autumn before the leaves fall; there are no fruits. 

It is NOT a Forsythia, and I don't think it is a Linden ( Tilia ) as the flowers/florets aren't quite right, or a weeping Hornbeam.  I'm stumped.  Can anybody help me identify it?  Your help would be much appreciated.

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  • Could it be a Witch hazel?

  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

    Thanks for the very good suggestion, metasequoia, but no, it isn't.  The flowers are MUCH tinier, and not like the 'tassels' of the witch hazel.

    Feedback much appreciated!

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  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

    I've just been out and had yet another look at this wee 'stranger'!  The shape of it, short trunked and a bit gnarled ( it is at LEAST 30 years old and was here in the garden long before we arrived ) does look like a Witch Hazel, but the flowers are far more like those of a Lime/Linden - except they're the wrong colour and limes are far bigger trees, and have flowers and leaves at the same time, don't they?  The flowers/plorets are paired, one on each side of the branches, at a leaf node.  Don't know if this is any help?

    We do have a Lime which we planted about 10 years ago and it's huge, and nothing like my Mystery Tree.

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  • FonzieFonzie Posts: 32

    Pussy willow?

  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

    Nope, Fonzie; I've got quite a few of these, and this isn't one of them.  Thanks for the input, though!  Appreciated!

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  • Any chance of a picture of the flowers?  

  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

    Not quite used to this site, Hannah, so I'm not sure about downloading photos....I'll give it a go, but I might need help!

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  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

    Nope, file is'too big'....will try again!  What a Luddite!

    ;-)

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  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

    Nope, sorry, Hannah, the file ( JPG ) is still too big and I have no idea how to make it more 'user-friendly'!  Thanks for your interest, though.

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  • Muddle-UpMuddle-Up Posts: 14,153

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     Phew!  That was a trial by fire!  Now for one of the flowers, if I can remember how I resized this one!

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