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yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

This is the best photo I can get at the moment of a tree which neighbour and I are wondering about.  It's in her garden but we suspect it began as a bush - is now about 20ft tall but extremely straggly and the spring flowers on it are very high up.

It has been allowed to grow unattended for about 30 years and is now too large for unprofessional cutting down.  But the birds love it as it gives some cover and it will be kept.

Can anyone recognise what it is from this very poor photo?image 


  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 15,489

    Do the leaves turn red in autumn?  If so, it may be one of the viburnums.

    SW Scotland
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,255

    It looks to me like Prunus padus - the bird cherry - often used as a hedging plant.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • FritillaryFritillary Posts: 498

    I was thinking of Cotoneaster cornubia, but the leaves don't seem to be long enough. Does it produce any berries ? image

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    Leaves don't turn red in autumn.  Yes it produces berries - but not many.  It looks as if it has grown tall just because it has been neglected for so many many years so the branches are sparse with no structure to them.   So it doesn't look like a natural tree. Will look up Prunus padus Ladybird.  Sounds like it might fit. 

    Many thanks everyone.  Will check out the suggestions.

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,658

    Cotoneaster sp. Not always easy to say which one as they can cross pollinate.

    Flowers not right for Prunus padus.

    They have a stalk with many flowers along the length of it. See...

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213

    Hello yarrow2; it looks like a leggy Pittisporum. There are so many varieties in this group but the dark leaves should narrow your search  down as half of the species are silver or variegated leaf types. HTH


  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I was thinking of one of the parents of 'Cornubia'; Cotoneaster frigidus, tallest of the Cotoneasters, deciduous with pinky red berries.

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