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Trying to I.D. Backyard Tree

Posted by drew311 none (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 18:20


Just wondering if anyone can identify a tree in my backyard. I live in southern Ontario, not exactly sure what zone I'm in.

The attached photo shows the leaves and fruit it produces each year. The fruit is about a half inch in diameter and looks like a cross between a small crabapple and a cherry. The leaves look like it is a cherry tree, but the fruits are quite hard, and I'm wondering if they are edible.

The tree has a slight purplish appearance, the crown is globe shaped and it's about 12 feet tall.

If anyone can help it would be much appreciated!


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RE: Trying to I.D. Backyard Tree

Ornamental crab.

RE: Trying to I.D. Backyard Tree

If you cut a fruit across the equator you'll find the star shaped seed compartments of a Malus, not the single pit of a Prunus. This is a very easy way to distinguish the two genera.

RE: Trying to I.D. Backyard Tree

  • Posted by murky z8f pnw Portlan (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 10, 14 at 15:13

The sepals make me think of rose hips, the stem looks like apple. The seeds between the two are very different.

RE: Trying to I.D. Backyard Tree

But the leaves are not rose leaves. Many fruits in the Rosaceae have the sepals or their remains at the end of the fruit.

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