Tree ID- sort of winding or twisted

katisu(5 Indy)August 10, 2014

I have no idea what this tree is, but I like it. I've tried Googling to figure it out, but come up with nothing. I don't really know the best way to describe the branches, but you will see what I mean. I'll post a closer view of the branches/leaves in a few minutes.

Thank you!

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katisu(5 Indy)

Closer up of branches/leaves.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 11:54PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Does it ever have flowers or fruit? One tree I know which does that thing of going off at right angles to any cut and ending up zigzagging is Medlar. The leaves look a possibility too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Medlar pictures.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:52AM
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lisanti07028(z6NJ)

My Red Mulberry does that too - branches going every which way. I second floral - any fruit?

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:40PM
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huggorm

Medlar isn't very hardy, will it stand zone 5? I don't know what it is, but it does look like some kind of fruit or berry tree

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 1:08PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Can't help you on the hardiness. I've read zone 4 and zone 5. I'm sure someone here can elucidate.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 2:33PM
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katisu(5 Indy)

I'm not sure if it is fruit-bearing, since we just bought the house about 2 months ago. I do know that is does not appear to currently have fruit. It wouldn't surprise me if it is a fruit tree, since (thanks to you lovely people) I've discovered that we have a pear, a crabapple, and an apple tree.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:58PM
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katisu(5 Indy)

The trunk almost looks slightly twisted, too. You can kind of see it in the first pic.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:00PM
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poaky1

Is Medlar fruit any good? Do you need to spray chemicals to stop bugs from eating the fruit? Just wondering, I have seen the tree in mailorder plant newspaper inserts etc. They say it must be really ripe before eating, but will birds etc get them first?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 10:00PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

pokay1 - it depends on individual taste. The flowers are pretty, the autumn colour is gorgeous and the fruit look nice. But I've tried them bletted and jellied - I really am not enamoured. To me they taste like gritty apple sauce that has caught on the bottom of the pan. I keep the tree for its appearance only. Here they have no pests or diseases to speak of. That said I think mine has, after 25 years, got Phytophthora. But until this summer it has been absolutely problem free. The picture shows a Medlar ('Large Russian') branch in November.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 3:53AM
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arbordave (SE MI)

not sure about the identity of the tree in the OP's photos - a better picture of the leaves would help.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:24PM
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katisu(5 Indy)

Close-up

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:54PM
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katisu(5 Indy)

Close-up single leaf

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:56PM
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arbordave (SE MI)

still not sure on this one, may be some type of crabapple

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 4:13PM
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