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Tree ID- sort of winding or twisted

Posted by katisu 5 Indy (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 23:52

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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Closer up of branches/leaves.


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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.


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


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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


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


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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.


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


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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?


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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.


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


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Close-up


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Close-up single leaf


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


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