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Any chance of photos of:
1) the whole tree
2) close-up of the leaves/needles/scales
3) close-up of the buds
4) close-up of any cones
How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
Somehow my "it might be this" has become "I'm as sure as I can be" which I'm not. I can't find a way to edit this statement but that would be useful.
I made a couple of posts to show examples of this kind of pattern on sycamore http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/319056
and horse chestnut
I'm sure many other trees with flaky bark exhibit these marks.
...many thanks for those links, Steve, what an interesting phenomenon: I have never seen that before.
By which I mean I have never noticed it, ha ha.
Does that mean the tree is dying, if the bark is all flaking off?
Any ideas about the red colouration?
Lat/Lng: 53.528, -2.006
OS grid ref: SD996034