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please identify my tree/ shrub

I need to prune this tree but do not know how to best do it.  It used to grow over a pond andwe had to get rid of pond when had extension built.  I now need to cut tree back to the wall to allow for new patio but do not want to get rid of tree or harm as it is beautiful to look at,  especially in Autumn when leaves turn bright red.  The branches have plate like bark and the tree has an almost oriental look about it.  I have included a couple of photos and hope someone can identify it for me and advise oncutting it back

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  • Could this be a lime?

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444

    I don't think so, Jess - lime leaves are quite a distinctive shape.

    My guess would be Euonymus alatus, the winged spindle.  It has strange corky-looking "wings" on the stems.

    Late winter or early spring is the best time to prune.  Cut off less than you think you need to, then stand back and look at it before finishing the job.  You can't stick branches back on again if you're too enthusiastic...

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Thanks for that Liriodendron, looked at images on the web and would say that you are spot on with your identification of my tree.  Interestingly it says that its origins are Japan and China which fits with the oriental look i described, i will enjoy it for now and prune in autumn as you rightly suggest.  Thanks again

  • Sorry , i meant late winter

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444

    Glad I could help, Derek.  image

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
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