getting used to resizing and downloading with a new camera and a new laptop, now! here's the 'blossom' of the Mystery Tree in a bunch of tulips, to give some idea of scale and size.....
Cornelian Cherry springs to mind!!
Looks very much like it
Oh wow! That's the nearest I've ever come to knowing what it is, issimablue! It doesn't get any 'fruits', though, but perhaps it needs a 'mate' to produce them??? I've checked on wikipaedia and the leaves are identical, as is the wee flower...so...have I got a 'sterile' Cornelian Cherry???
many, many thanks!
Yes, Cornus mas. Perhaps you do not have pollinators around at the right time, so no fruit.
I am glad you have an answer as i was feeling quite guilty for putting you though a learning cerve on a sunday afternoon and i did not know what the answer was! I love it though, it looks great.
It certainly seems like Cornus mas, unusual and attractive in a garden. There is a youngish one -about 15 years old- in my garden (I like indigenous plants) and it is usually smothered in golden blossom come late February, making a grand show, much nicer than Forsythia. This year I will have to wait a little longer as we have had very cold weather with metres of snow so the blossom is a little late in coming out. And, yes, it produces fruit: small bright scarlet cornels, oval in shape, that are very tart if eaten unripe. You have to wait for the cornels to turn almost dark red before they are ready to eat. I don't know about pollinators, perhaps there are wild ones about in the surrounding countryside . In this country - Italy- it is a very rustic woodland shrub or small tree growing to about 800/1,000m asl. If you remember to leave some berries on the plant blackbirds and other friends will be pleased with you at the end of autumn. Artemisia AQ
Again, thanks to everyone who helped me discover the answer! No wories, Hannah, about the learning-curve - I should have known how to resize photograps and now I do!
It's a lovely little tree, I'm very fond of it. This year I shall take very careful note to see if there is any sign of fruits on it - maybe the blackbirds ( we have many resident nesting/breeding pairs ) are getting to it before I even notice! I'm sure I'd have seen something so bright a red, though. I imagine lack of pollination is the issue, too cold for bees, yet, in the north of Scotland, and I've never seen another specimen of Cornelian Cherry in the area ( I've never seen one at all, come to think of it! ).
Many thanks,one and all....mystery solved!