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fruit tree or not?

Posted by sandragw 6 (My Page) on
Thu, May 8, 14 at 20:14

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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RE: fruit tree or not?

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


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RE: fruit tree or not?

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.


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RE: fruit tree or not?

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.


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RE: fruit tree or not?

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


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RE: fruit tree or not?

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 ...

ken

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


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RE: fruit tree or not?

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.


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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!


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