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Does anyone know what type of tree this is?

Jason CookJason Cook Posts: 139

Can anyone identify this tree? From the bark I'd say beech but with the red leaf I'm not so sure. Any ideas gratefully received. 

Thanks

Jason

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    It would help if you could upload a picture Jason.

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  • Jason CookJason Cook Posts: 139

    imagethanks Ladybird, must have forgotten. 

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    image Jason its a Copper beech - Fagus sylvatica Purpurea, so you were right.

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  • Jason CookJason Cook Posts: 139

    Thanks again Ladybird ?

    It was the fact that it blossomed a few weeks ago that made me doubt it. How lovely though ?

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    Hmmmm it blossomed you say. Did the flowers look like this?

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    I'm only asking as you talk about blossom and that makes me think it may be one of the cherry family and not beech.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    Was the blossom like this?

    image

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  • Jason CookJason Cook Posts: 139

    I think it was yes. Looked up cherry in my book now you mention it, what do you think? Leaf looks similar. But the bark is very reminiscent of Beech rather than the horizontal lines you get with cherry. There are no fruits (at least not yet).image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 33,844

    I think its the Cherry Plum - Prunus cerasifera var. atropurpurea. Here's the trunk:

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  • Jason CookJason Cook Posts: 139

    I think you're right. Especially if Beech trees don't bloom, which I don't think they do, but I'm ready to be corrected. There are a lot of cherry trees around here so it would be consistent with whatever planning went on 30 odd years ago when these houses were built. Thanks Ladybird for all your help ?

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