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How do I tame this mystery tree?

Hope the image isn't too big.

New to this site but hoping someone can tell me how I can sort this beast out?

Can I cut it right back hoping it'll grow again or will I need to trim it?

I want to say coppice it but I'm not sure that's the right term.






  • Some pictures of the leaves too in case someone can tell me what it is!





  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,320

    Maybe it's a poplar? Does it ever flower?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • No flowers that I recall. Some fairly rough catkins though.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,305

    Looks like Salix caprea, goat willow to meimage

    Cppice is cut it all to just above ground level and would be a suitable way to go. It will grow back as a multi-stemmed shrub

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Salix Caprae is pussy willow. It may be a willow, but not pussy willow, that is pretty distinctive. Willows hybridise readily so it could be anything.
  • Goat willow looks good. Good news if I can coppice it too. Thanks all.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,320

    And here's one I made earlier......

    The nights are drawing in.


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,529

    I have a couple of trees like yours . Grew them from a packet of mixed perennial seeds. Didn't know they'd be trees! Have to keep them heavily pruned, so no clues blossom-wise. It's great to know what they are. Thanks.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • annmarie 2annmarie 2 Posts: 155

    ,the leaves look a bit like a fruit tree but I don't think it is one ,, very strange  maybe a willow ... hey it you may have a new undiscovered tree , a hybrid of sort it happens don't laugh

  • So it looks like my trees a goat willow and I can coppice it. Any tips on how best to do this and when?  My plan is to just take it down to a stump in the next few weeks.

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