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Unknown street tree

Observed: 26th April 2010 By: MrGMrG’s reputation in PlantsMrG’s reputation in PlantsMrG’s reputation in Plants
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A small street tree bearing strongly-veined, oval leaves

    Likely ID
    Cottoneaster (probably a hybrid)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Jonathan's picture

I agree about the leaves, but

I agree about the leaves, but I am amazed by the size of the trunk.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Kluut's picture


Some of the hybrids used for screening/hedging do make prodigious growth, but this one would have to be very old.

MrG's picture

Thanks for the ID

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.

Chris Metherell's picture

Cotoneaster spp.

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?

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

Kluut's picture


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 -