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What tree is this?

Posted by peter.jones London, UK. (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 7, 13 at 10:19


The property developer planted these trees which have grown quite a bit over last year.

Could you please advise what type of tree it is and how tall it will grow up to?

As it is very close to the house, I am concerned that the tree roots might cause subsidence. In addition it might cause damage to house foundation, guttering and down pipes.

Thanks for your help!

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RE: What tree is this?

It might be unpruned privet.

RE: What tree is this?

Looks like it has alternate leaves. Are there any privets with alternate leaves?

And just how many different plants are in that mess?

= The pruned part has leaves of markedly different sizes.

= There's something with a few large, multi-lobed leaves on the right.

= And the upper and lower parts of the unpruned upper growth look very different -- though maybe what I'm seeing at the top is simply immature new growth?

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RE: What tree is this?

I thought that too decoguy but was expecting berries.

RE: What tree is this?

The larger, lobate leaves look like Fatsia japonica.
For Cotoneaster the leaves look to shiny, I think.
The lower unpruned branches could be some cherry laurel / Prunus laurocerasus.

I just checked on the web, seems alternate leaves exclude Ligustrum.

But then the young shoots seem odd.

Could you perhaps get more closeups? That would help, on a scale where you can make out the nervs/ veins of a leaf.
And especialliy of the ones on toph

Bye, Lin

RE: What tree is this?

Cotoneaster, as thedecoguy said. And yes, there is a Fatsia in there too. The Cotoneaster is no problem for the house. The clipped one lower down is hard to see - but I'm wondering if there's an Eleagnus in there somewhere.


RE: What tree is this?

Thanks all for your information.

I think there are 3 or 4 different types of trees there. And the tallest one being 4~5 metres. I will need to ask the estate management to give them a good pruning. It is looking rather untidy at the moment.

Thanks again for your help!

fyi: They do have alternate leaves.

RE: What tree is this?

That's a Cotoneaster.

RE: What tree is this?

Thanks floral!

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