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can you i/d this tree ?

 
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blowin



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Location: Tubbercurry , Co Sligo

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:21 am    Post subject: can you i/d this tree ?  Reply with quote

The tree I planted was a flowering cherry from Lidl. It had beautiful pink blossom in its first year then the central trunk died and side shoots sprung up from the rootstock, just below the graft.

It produced a mass of white flowers before coming into leaf and even earlier than the local blackthorn.

I was hoping to be able to identify it from , and possibly eat the fruit but the finches picked off all the flowers before anything developed.
The leaves are small and dense. The branches have thorns.




It has grown too bushy for its location so I am tempted to cut it down but won't do so if it has any merit other than being a living green thing.
Any idea what it is or might produce if left alone by both me and the birds ?
Cheers.
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a wild cherry rootstock.  It will produce cherries,  but only of poor quality. You could try reducing it to one stem and grafting on a twig from a sweet cherry next spring - preferably from a self-fertile variety like Stella.  Or you could graft on a twig from a flowering cherry.
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wayland



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its the thorns that stump me. The flowers seem to have no "strigg" so I doubt it be a cherry.  As this is rootstock growth perhaps Google knows the answer.
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seeing as it was a flwering cherry, it might have been grafted onto prunus cerasifera which would explain the thorns and the early flowering and the bushy growth habit.  If so, it will produce fruit, like cherries, which make an excellent jam - provided the bullfinches don't discover them.[/i]
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blowin



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for the replies.
I will see what it does next year. Must remember to do something to keep the birds away from the flowers. I have started a new thread to discover what that something should be :  http://countrytalkandtips.myfreeforum.org/sutra28786.php#28786

ATB
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Torc



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The flowers came before the leaves and it has thorns. Could it be a type of blackthorn which is of the prunus family?

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