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I know this is rather a long shot, but  can anybody identify the twig below.  The tree/shrub it was attached to was growing in my parents garden until recently (it blew down!) and they would like to replace it.  The tree (?) was about 6m tall. 










  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    Can you or your parents give us a few more clues?

    Flower colour, time of flowering, do the leaves colour up in autumn? Evergreen or deciduous, that's quite helpful to know, cuts the possibilities down

    In the middle of the bottom pic, is that a flower/catkin bud? 

  • Hi

    The tree/shrub is deciduous. The colour of the leaves in autumn is pretty much the colour of the leaves in the photographs. There does appear to be a flower/catkin bud towards the top of the twig.

    Thanks for your help

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    My money is on Salix caprea, the goat willow. that's a pussy willow. If it doesn't have a display of pussies in spring then I'm wrong.

  • spindle tree of some sort?image

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Hi Jon, looks like beech to me. Try taking a small branch and putting it in a vase of water, it should sprout leaves in a couple of weeks and then you will have a better idea of what the leaves look like.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    If you look at beech the buds are much longer and slimmer and the flowers are stalked. Spindle has squarish stems and little white flowers, no fluff.

    I hope we're going to find out what this is.

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Yes, you're right, nutcutlet. I've just googled "beech twigs autumn" and they are quite different. It was just an idea, but I thought maybe getting them to sprout in a vase of water will maybe give a better idea of what the leaves (or flowers?) are like.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    Good idea. I wonder if they're still available for that or have gone in the green bin/shredder/bonfire

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