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I've put up a suggested ID, but am most will
ing to be over-ruled. The fact that it's fruiting at such a small size suggests that it's not a mighty tree: and the fact that it's clearly an arboretum specimen suggests that it ought to be labelled!
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They look like leaves rather than leaflets (look at the whole tree picture with "View original size option"). I am afraid that not all the arboretum specimens are yet labelled at Bedgebury, but catch-up work is slowly being done....
It doesn't look much like the Bottlebrush Buckeye fruit, but I could be wrong.
Loquat - the leaves don't look quite leathery or shiny enough, but there are many cultivars although as it is a collection probably it would not be a cultivar. The fruits should really appear in Spring rather than Autumn I think. Not sure what Loquat bud looks like to compare
Pff! That's so vague as to be useless! Wikipedia lists 30 genera for it, plus hybrids.
(Yes, I had to look it up, never heard the word before, I admit it.)
They do look more like leaves than leaflets, I did think that: ok, the only solution is to march off to the arboretum's office and demand that they check their planting plan.
Off you go!
Maloideae is hardly so vague, your Aesculus wasn't even in the right family, Maloideae pins it down to a section of a family. I hoped it helped other people get closer to what it really is, sorry if it didn't help you.
... looks as if it could be correct, but when it comes to plants which are that obscure, it's not easy to be sure that it's that, rather than some other obscure plant.
[Note: at least some of these narrow-leaved Chinese whitebeams have been placed in genus Heteromeles.]
My first thoughts on first seeing this post was Eriobotrya but the stalks of the fruit just seemed to slender, they are much more robust and thicker on the Loquat.
I'm not completely sure that the species is correct but it does resemble Sorbus megalocarpus, and the description in the online Flora of China comes close. More information about the plant gathered at different seasons, and it geographical origins would help to give a more certain identification, (if it is Sorbus megalocarpus it will flower early before the leaves are open).
I have seen this plant in a nursery but only in leaf, not the flowers or the fruit.
Thanks for your ID suggestions. It certainly looks just like Sorbus megalocarpa Steve T. I have so far not had any confirmation from the person I know at the Pinetum.
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