A small street tree bearing strongly-veined, oval leaves
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I agree about the leaves, but I am amazed by the size of the trunk.
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Some of the hybrids used for screening/hedging do make prodigious growth, but this one would have to be very old.
Thank you for the id - I did not know that some Cotoneasters are a small tree. I don't know about the age but the neighbouring tree is a 2m girth cherry, which is fairly substantial as street cherries go, so it is possibly reasonably old.
Might be C. salicifoilus? There are several cultivars of this, which certainly grow into fairly large trees - up to 5m. The leaves look right but it's not a species I know. Anyone have the new book on Cotoneasters?
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This species is a very good fit to the photo's although it comes in myriad forms and cultivars.
The back of leaves should be glaucous and downy, which they appear to be.
(As per Beckett - Concise Encyclopedia of Garden Plants - very old but excellent, and at 1 pence (plus p&p) for a copy - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Concise-Encyclopaedia-Garden-Kenneth-Beckett/dp/....)
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