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15/05/2013 at 14:02

Hello, can anybody identify what these are? They are growing in my fron garden quite close to the house. We would like to keep them but if they are going to be very big they'll have to go.


Thanks in advance.


15/05/2013 at 14:04

The top one look like an ash tree Stu

The bottom one is a treeas well, maybe a cherry.

Both BIG

15/05/2013 at 14:12

Thanks nutcutlet

Here's a close up that could help!


15/05/2013 at 14:37

Not 100% sure of cherry but looks like its manner of growth. Look around the area and see what trees there are about. Ash keys blow in the wind, cherries are delivered by birds unless you have an overhanging tree.

15/05/2013 at 14:39

If the cherry (bottom one) is more than 15ft away from the house you might getaway with it if it a grafted one. If it is set by the birds and a wild one, well one near us has grown to 30ft in 15 years. The Ash I would definitely have out.

15/05/2013 at 14:49

The first one (Ash??) is about 1.5m from the house and the second (possibly cherry??) is 3m.

Would you suggest removing both?



15/05/2013 at 14:52

As soon as possible. Don't let them get entrenched. If you can't dig them out, chop them off as low as possible and then treat any regrowth with Glyphosate.

15/05/2013 at 14:53

Get rid of them while they're still small Stu. If you want a small tree get one that you know is small. These are not garden trees unless you have at least half an acre, possibly more than that. 


15/05/2013 at 14:54

Can I suggest buddlejas instead?. Flowers attract butterflies, they have a lovely honey scent, and you can keep them under control by cutting down to 1ft every year in March.

15/05/2013 at 14:57

That last pic looks like beech or hornbeam foliage- difficult to tell as we can't enlarge. Hornbeam has a more 'pronounced' crinkle though.

15/05/2013 at 15:50

Thanks for the advice everyone - maybe i could transfer the cherry to the bottom of back garden.

15/05/2013 at 16:02

If you've got room any of those trees, ash, cherry, hornbeam, beech, all lovely and give you some summer shade. My wild cherries have very edible fruit as well.

15/05/2013 at 16:44

How far away from the house would you recommend the Cherry?

15/05/2013 at 17:20

I think they grow to about 100 feet. 4 of mine are about 30 feet fronm the house and although it's ok now I think in time that will be too close.

I wouldn't do it if I were you, there are so many attractive small and productive trees suitable for a garden that to introduce something so big and only maybe producing something edible seems like a waste of garden space. I'm lucky with some of my cherries but wild ones can be a bit sour (or so I'm told)

15/05/2013 at 17:57

These trees are lovely if you want shade - but do your neighbors want the shade too - some trees as they get well rooted can bring a lot of problems with getting into the property . Where we used to live our nextdoor family got the roots of a tree coming through into the lounge .  . outside the path had cracked , they thought nothing of it , thought it was just deteriating  that was until a floor board split , inspected the damage found a sapling forcing its way through. 

15/05/2013 at 18:20

Wild cherries here are very sweet (when properly ripe), but not much flesh for a big stone. But I agree with Fairygirl - beech or hornbeam for the 2nd one.

15/05/2013 at 19:53

What trees would you recommend for a smaller back garden (44ftx32ft) ?

15/05/2013 at 20:41

Hi Stu, Fruit trees on dwarf rootstock are always a good bet.  You get blossom in spring, fruit in Autumn and they won't grow too large.  These are the rootstocks to look for if you decide to buy any fruit trees:


15/05/2013 at 23:12

Crab apples, amalanchier, one of the smaller flowering cherries.

07/06/2014 at 19:56

Well the first tree looks like this now. Maybe someone knows what it is now?


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