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Plantidote of the Day 2012-03-29

Kathryn's picture

Mystery Tree

This is one of the most amazing trees around my area. It is massive, it blooms profusely, and has the best "let me climb a tree" trunk systems.

I have no idea what it is, possibly a Cherry, but I can't figure out which.

Here's the tree from a distance:

Mystery Tree

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Submitted by coyotecreek on

Are they fragrant?

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Submitted by Kathryn on

Was lightly fragrant, yes. If nothing else I'll keep an eye on it to see if it sets fruit.

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Submitted by twig on

and you're right -- it looks excellent for climbing. Or a tree house --that would be fun, up in the air, surrounded by a cloud of fragrant flowers. Yummmmm!

Submitted by Lex on

That could be a great many things. Examining the bark could help, but the best bet is to see what fruit comes from those flowers.

My guess would be a flower crab, or possibly a flowering cherry rather than a fruit production tree. It's a big old tree in either case, but i'd lean towards the crab because that will get bigger, faster than most flowering cherries.

Submitted by Lex on

I'm going to change my gut answer to it being a cherry tree. It's still possible that it could be either (even from the exposed leaf tip in the first picture), those are old branches and they retain the classic cherry bark: papery, dark, and marked perpendicular to the growth direction.

Is the ground below littered with last year's fruit? Granted, fall clean up and critters might make that hard, but crabs drop so many fruit that they're rarely all cleaned up.

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Submitted by Kathryn on

I went back to check on this tree, and here's the fruit it is bearing:


Looks like Cherry was the right call.

Thanks much,

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Submitted by Kathryn on

That first one is about the same exact size. So maybe crabapple after all. This will be my first ongoing return to document fruit production!

Thanks Hipp!