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Observed: 18th March 2012 By: kd4249
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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This shrubby tree is at the edge of an old oak wood in Derby.
It is thornless, and has some old dried-up small round fruits.
The leaves are glossy green and their shape suggests a wild service-tree.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) interacts


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Are you 100% that it had no thorn's on it.


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For reference

This is Wild Service http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/83990.
I hadn't read yours was thornless but it does look like Hawthorn otherwise.

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?wild service tree

thanks for all your comments.
I thought at first it might be a hawthorn, but definitely no thorns.
The leaves were out way in advance of any hawthorns around here.
I will re-visit and see what sort of flower it produces.

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Had another look, and there are indeed a few thorns, long and twig-like, but sharp!
I thought I knew hawthorns intimately, having spent several weekends helping to clear them from our local nature reserve.
So thanks for putting me right.