Mystery Tree

kferriere(9)March 25, 2013

We moved in to a new house a few months ago and there is a tree that we don't recognize in the backyard. It's been trimmed very aggressively and I don't know if it's sick or if is supposed to grow this way.

Any ideas? I'm in the East Bay, in Northern California.

Thanks!

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dricha

I can't tell what it is but it looks like crap mainly because they topped it and it's not responding very well. I would take it out. You can do much better.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 4:33PM
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pineresin

Probably an ash Fraxinus. Ditto to remove that truly dreadful hatrack job.

Resin

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 4:54PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

If karma catches up with whoever did that, they're in for some real pain!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:14PM
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kferriere(9)

I'm going to have a professional take a look at it. I wish I would have asked the previous owners why they had it cut like this. It's really a shame.

Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 9:05PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

"I wish I would have asked the previous owners why they had it cut like this."

I can tell you with certainty, but they might not be able to. They did it because they didn't have a clue as to what they were doing.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 9:20PM
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WxDano(5b-2a-6/7)

Agree with Resin on the Fraxinus. And with everyone else on the butchery.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 9:52PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Since the pruning is uneven it might have been damaged by drought, pathogens or pests before being cut back, in response to the damage.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 10:44PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Sigh....my next door neighbor did this with a row of birch and liquidambers. Painful...

Concur that you should take it out, sorry.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 12:17AM
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luseal(z 6-7 PA)

Do not worry what kind of tree this is. Hurry and put it out of its misery and grind out the trunk also.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 3:06AM
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j0nd03

I am partial to these.

Here is a link that might be useful: Art

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 8:05AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

I'm going to have a professional take a look at it.

==>> very frankly.. thats a waste of money.. presuming you would have to pay for such

hire an INSURED guy with a chainsaw .... and get rid of it ... get 3 estimates.. and insist on INSURANCE .... [BTW.. thats 3 FREE opinions.. lol] ....

they did that.. because it was improperly planted.. too close to the house.. and was probably dropping large dead branches on the house ... what more do you need to know ...

be done with it ...

ken

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 8:57AM
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