fruit tree or not?

sandragw(6)May 8, 2014

I need help identify if this is a fruit tree or not. It is about 4-5 years old and never flowers. Those spikes on branches are very sharp in fall; but then by spring, the leaves emerge from the spike end. It seems like a fast grower. The branches can get really long, also lots of new branches wants to grow upward and I have to really trim it down often. Any help would be appreciate. Thanks

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You can see the trunk is very straight and the leaves starting to emerge.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 8:25PM
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It looks quite a bit like a plum, and while I've never seen it (new to plums), I've heard they can even set fruit from thorns.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 9:50PM
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Thank you! It does seems like a plum tree. It won't set fruit until 5-6 years later after planting so I will wait couple more years and see how this one turns out.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 11:33PM
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The shiny foliage is very unusual for a plum. More like a pear. Did you plant it or could it be a volunteer? Most fruit tree cultivars dont have spikes IME

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 12:02AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

to be clear.. there are ornamental versions of both pear and plumb.. that may flower.. but never fruit ... or have inedible fruit ...

and i never heard of anything fruiting from a thorn.. to my eye.. they are two different types of tissue ...

you need one to the botanical gurus to chime in.. so i am bumping this back up the page ... we may have to wait until the leaves fully form ... or a flower appears ...


ps: maybe the flamingo did it??? .. i dont know what.. but he is looking awful suspicious.. lol .;..

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 10:10AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Doesn't look at all plummy to me. Come back with some fully formed leaves and we can tell you if it's a pear.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 12:58PM
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This is a volunteer from another part of the garden. The tree trunk looked unusual so I kept it. I used to have a plum tree in my old house and the leaves were purplish red, plus the branches were not as stiff. It could well be just a random wild tree. I will take more pictures in a couple weeks and upload again. Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 8:57PM
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