Please help me identify this "wild" Prunus 'something...'

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Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:51 am

I planted this tree in the ground where I use to live and it was 2 1/2 ft tall (1998). I rediscovered it last Fall and dug it and put it in good soil. I repotted it about a month ago and have been trying to identify it. I looked in the Audubon Tree guide to id it by the flowers and think it might be a peach. But the bark looks more cherry-like to me. The buds and blossoms reminded me of apples. I thought originally it might be an apricot. The wood is very hard. I plan to air layer the top this year and then work the rest into a literati. It stands approx five feet in the pot. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I'm so confused bounce



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Post  bisjoe on Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:42 am

Post again when there are leaves, that might help some. Could be apple, peach, plumb, apricot, cherry or even almond.
Did the buds show pink before opening?

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Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:33 am

I didn't see any pink; all white. I will post again when the leaves are out. Thanks!

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:17 pm

Where idid it come from originally? Woods? Nursery? Was that also in Virginia? Apple flowers would have more pink in them. Look at Prunus angustifolia or P. alleghaniensis.

Major problem with Audubon Field Guide is that it omits many shrub-sized plants, which both of these are.

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Post  Randy_Davis on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:39 pm

Looks like a pear to me! They are one of the first to flower this time of year and have that type of flower cluster and are always pure white in color. The bark reminds me of an older pear as well. But, as always it's difficult to tell from a picture. I know it's not Prunus angustifolia, i have those here on my property and the bark and flower clusters are completely diffierent that what's in your pitcutre. If I had to venture a guess I'd say it's a pyrus communis of some sort.

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New photos with leaves and fruit

Post  Todd Ellis on Tue May 25, 2010 1:37 am

Here are some new photos with leaves and fruit. Anyone have any ideas on this? I'm going to try to add another photo. Thanks for your help. Regards, Todd


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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue May 25, 2010 1:43 am

Here's another photo...


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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue May 25, 2010 1:44 am

and another... including a "wrong pic"...oops! I wanted to include the air layer
...I'm feeling very "computer challenged" tonight.... confused




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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue May 25, 2010 1:55 am

Randy_Davis wrote:Looks like a pear to me! They are one of the first to flower this time of year and have that type of flower cluster and are always pure white in color. The bark reminds me of an older pear as well. But, as always it's difficult to tell from a picture. I know it's not Prunus angustifolia, i have those here on my property and the bark and flower clusters are completely diffierent that what's in your pitcutre. If I had to venture a guess I'd say it's a pyrus communis of some sort.

Randy, I think you're right on with your ID... It flowered early, the flowers were pure white, and the fruit looks like a pear... "quacks like a duck, walks like a duck..." Good enough for me! thanks cheers Regards, Todd

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Post  Guest on Tue May 25, 2010 4:03 pm

Hello Todd. It looks like a Plum to me. Pear leaves are generally more heart shaped and the top surface of the leaf is glossy. The fruit, although pear shaped, could be a young Plum.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue May 25, 2010 7:26 pm

I too would go for plum. Check out those two I mentioned earlier.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue May 25, 2010 9:43 pm

JimLewis wrote:I too would go for plum. Check out those two I mentioned earlier.

Will & Jim, I defer to your experience. I was hoping it was a plum. Thanks for your input. I don't think the fruit will stay until it ripens, but I like the tree anyway. (Jim, I will check out those two species you mentioned earlier.)
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Post  Russell Coker on Thu May 27, 2010 2:28 am

I think Jim is right too. Chcikasaw plum, Prunus angustifolia - or maybe mexicana. My 2 cents.

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Post  Joe Hatfield on Fri May 28, 2010 3:29 pm

Just wait till the fruit is done growing, then eat it. Smile

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Post  JimLewis on Fri May 28, 2010 3:54 pm

Fruit on either of those plums is pretty sour. You can make wonderful jam, though, if you have enough.

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