Help with Identification ("ornamental trees")

david883(5/6)May 28, 2013

Hi all

First time posting in the tree forum. I moved into this house about a year and a half ago. There are a few trees in the back yard I haven't been able to identify. I really like them but now I'm wondering what to do as far as pruning goes. Two of them are being weighed down heavily (I assume they need pruning to help redistribute some weight). Some pictures to follow. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks all in advance

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david883(5/6)

This one is about 6-7ft tall, 6ft wide. The only other way to identify it other than what the picture shows is in the early spring it gets these very tiny flowers... they are a pink/coral and yellow color, very small. They have a similar structure to some columbines or snap dragons. I wish I had snapped a picture while it was still in bloom.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 8:20PM
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david883(5/6)

Second one is about 4-5ft tall and not very wide.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 8:28PM
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david883(5/6)

Last one....Now this one was about 5-6 feet tall and about 5 wide on top... but now its just toppling over. Not sure if its the blooms weighing the branches down or if they just need to be pruned.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 8:31PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

1. could be Lonicera sp. ie a Shrubby Honeysuckle
2. Spiraea sp. imo
3. Spiraea vanhoutei imo

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 4:14AM
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david883(5/6)

Thank you! Those all look spot on. I just wanted to make sure I follow any special pruning instructions.

Thanks again Flora!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 6:08AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

for spirea.. google: renovation pruning of flowering shrubs ..

you can keep it any height you want.. by that process ..... but you NEVER give it a haircut ...

you can literally.. cut it to 3 inches from the ground.. right now.. and have a nice proper small plant.. in proper form.. by fall ...

most honeysuckle.. but for ... the NAMED CULTIVARS... are.. frankly.. invasive weeds ...

there is so much you could do with that space.. with a better plant.. if you are interested in gardening ... if so.. get rid of it ...

in other words.. its flower time is extremely short.. and it is a rather none descript plant.. the rest of the year.. and the birds will plant the seed as far as they can fly ....

ken

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:58AM
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calliope(6)

The last one sure looks like a philadelphus to me.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 9:00PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Nevertheless definitely a spirea.

None of these are trees.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 11:00PM
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david883(5/6)

Thanks everyone. Sorry if none of these are true trees as it turns out. I remembered my aunt saying one of those you all identified as a spirea was, from what she thought, a spirea but I couldn't remember which one and was having a hard time matching these up.

Thanks to all for the help on my... shrubs

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 6:26AM
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