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Post  NeilDellinger on Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:44 am

Can anyone ID this tree? Its got a great base and super bark. The bark looks similar to that of prunus species.
Thanks for you help.
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Re: Species ID please

Post  Hans Vleugels on Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:51 pm

NeilDellinger wrote:The bark looks similar to that of prunus species.
Probably it is a Prunus. Maybe P. mahaleb?

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:05 pm

Not like any of the plum and cherry blooms I've ever seen. Pieris maybe? I'm not that familiar with its foliage, but it has blooms in racemes like that.

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Post  AlainK on Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:46 pm

It made me think of Prunus padus at first, but this kind of prunus is not native to Oklahoma.
Yet, "It is also sold as an ornamental in North America as a May Day tree" (Wikipedia).
It will be easier to identify when the flowers are open...

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Post  NeilDellinger on Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:02 pm

Found it!!

Sorry for the wild goose chase guys. Its a prunus serotina. The flowers form white fragrant racemes, and then clusters of red/black fruit. Apparently its pretty common across north America and was also introduced in Europe quite some time ago. The leaves when dried are poisonous as are the seeds within the fruit.

We'll see how it goes with this one.

Thanks for taking a stab at it.
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Post  JimLewis on Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:03 pm

Hmph! The most common weed in North America and I forgot it. Evil or Very Mad

Good luck with it. It gets borers, then every rust disease known to horticulture, has LONG internodes, its leaves seldom reduce. I've tried several and found they made highly unsuccessful bonsai. Its biggest plus: gorgeous orange fall color -- but better seen in full-size trees.

The leaves, flowers, and seeds are poisonous (cyanide!) at every stage of growth, BTW.

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