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Q.Identify This Tree Please

Zone SG15 6UF | mjdej added on July 21, 2020 | Answered

I’ve been trying to identify this tree using all the tools I could lay my hand on. I am just not able to identify it definitively. My research tells me it is a bird cherry. I do not think this is correct due to the reddish hues in the leaves. The tree itself is relatively young, around 4-5 years. It seems to be a fast grower already 2.5-3m tall. Please help me identify this tree.

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Answered on July 22, 2020

It is definitely a type of Prunus (Which includes cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, and a few others You will need detailed photos of the bark, seeds, fruit, and flowers, as well as the tree as a whole to pin the ID any further than that.

Those red spots that you see are a disease and possible nutrient deficiencies setting in.

I would test your soil and pH, as well as only provide extra water when the soil has a chance to dry out, very thoroughly, down to about 3 or 4 inches between watering. In reality, you should only provide extra water when there is a drought and the soil is completely dry down to that depth.

This is a page from UC Berkeley that will help you key out some of the more common Prunus:


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Answered on July 25, 2020

Thank you

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