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imagehello there I'm new to the forum and gardening in general I would just like some help in the identification of this tree thanks, oh and pruning advice thanks again Gary.



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,428

    Do you mean the one with bare branches? It's very hard to tell without leaves. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,350

    Yes, can you show us a picture when it gets some leaves?  We're much more likely to get it right with that information.


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  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,976

    Agreed it would be better with leaves on. Looking at at the fine branches I think it might be an Acer (Japanese maple) but no way to tell which one from picture. What ever it is, all you could do for now is take off any obviously dead diseased or damaged branches. This is known as the 3 D's and even if that is all you do it will improve the structure and appearance of any woody  plant.

    Last edited: 28 February 2017 12:20:13

    AB Still learning

  • Agree looks like an acer to me too

  • Hi thanks for the comments, I've just bought the house so I've not seen it with leaves on yet.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,238

    That is some name to live up to.

    I am not sure I would want to expose a root, just wait till it comes into leaf.

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  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,976

    Just in from my Greenhouse. Had a thought if it is an Acer be careful if you do decide to do a bit of pruning. Dead branches will be white or very pale, thin ones can even be snapped off with fingers larger ones will need careful cutting. If you cut something & it bleeds (sap runs) stop  because it is coming out of dormancy & any structural pruning will have to be left till next winter. 

    AB Still learning

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,368

    It's been badly pruned, cutting back branches to fit the space is bad for any tree, the stumps left behind die back. Always cut back to a healthy bud.

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  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    A picture of just the branches and buds should be enough for ID  image

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