Posted: 26/02/2012 at 10:15
We have what appears to be an old small deciduous tree in our garden ( Aberdeenshire ), but cannot identify it. Maybe it's an out-of-hand shrub?
Here goes: it has a 'weeping' pendulous habit, stands around 3 metres by the same spread, never seeming to get bigger, and now, in February, has a tiny soft lime-yellow blossom, like a small ball of little florets, every few inches along the pendulous stems; these are not fragrant. The leaves, when they appear after the flowers in March/April, are a light to mid-green and develop a slightly ruby 'flush' later in the year, as if the tree is blushing; the colour does not noticably change in the autumn before the leaves fall; there are no fruits.
It is NOT a Forsythia, and I don't think it is a Linden ( Tilia ) as the flowers/florets aren't quite right, or a weeping Hornbeam. I'm stumped. Can anybody help me identify it? Your help would be much appreciated.