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It might be wild cherry but its difficult to tell from this photo
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
... that it's one of the ornamental cherries, but as you say, it's difficult to tell.
...going back next spring and look at it when the blossom is out.
My identification as Wild Cherry was partly based on the bark - my tree identification book has photos of the bark of selected trees, including Wild Cherry and Bird Cheery. This tree's bark is similar to Wild Cherry and nothing like Bird Cheery, but I recognise that it could be one of the other ornamental trees.
Thanks for your comments.
Easy way to check that it is NOT Bird Cherry - break a twig then smell it. Bird Cherry twigs have a really foul odour!
Personally I find it really difficult to ID from bark, in my experience bark is massively variable and rarely looks like it does in books.
Just a speculative comment, the "form" of the tree is very neat and upright (err, almost definitely NOT Bird Cherry, thinking about it, as that has a very untidy, congested branch structure) which might indicate an ornamental, rather than a "common" wild cherry.
I think you are wise to put off ID until you can find a defining characteristic: good luck in spring!
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Thanks for the tip about the smell of bird cherry twigs. I did not know that. I wonder what the chemical is that gives the smell?
...that "the bark is infused in the vodka".
Also "the timber and the bark have a very specific smell". Well, yes, we noticed that.
More helpfully, The Novia Scotia Museum site says, pertaining to all Cherries, "Generally, it is thought that the leaves, twigs, and stones of both wild and cultivated species contain cyanide-producing glycoside. It is not recommended that cherrywood be used for any whistles, food vessels, or other implements."
It also says "The seeds, bark, and leaves contain a cyanide-producing compound called amygdalin. In addition, wild cherries (chokecherries) produce prunasin, a similar compound."
Hope this helps?
Of course! Its what is commonly referred to as the smell of 'bitter almonds'. I would expect all cherries to have this though, not just Prunus avium. It's also in apple pips and peach stones & so on I believe.
I would have said that only Bird Cherry has this particular pong, but I have learned not to make statements without checking first!
If anyone cares to go out and snap a cherry twig and report back, please do so: I'll check any cherries that I find over the next few days.
Logically, yes, they should all smell, but I am not sure if this is the case.
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