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Help identifying a fruit tree
Thu 14-Jul-11
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janineill

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We have a tree that forms part of a hedge in our garden. It is about 15 feet tall and bears yellowish cherry shaped and sized fruit. The older / larger branches have sharp thorns about 2" long. As far as I remember from last year the fruit stayed yellow.

 

Can any help?? Are the fruits likely to be edible?

 

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Janine

Thu 14-Jul-11
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Welcome to the forum Janine!  I thought it might have been Robinia when you mentioned thorns but the fruit of that is called Black Locust as far as I can find out.  I'm sure someone will be able to help you but, in the meantime, are you able to photograph the tree, leaves and fruit?

I'll try that again!

Thu 14-Jul-11
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waveWelcome Janine , sounds like a wild plum which are frequently grown in hedge mixtures  . Edible especially by wasps & small boys , preferable as jam or in vodka to adults. whistle

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But the thorns, Seth, they have thrown me totally.

I'll try that again!

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Thanks everyone, I will attempt to upload a photo over the wekend which will hopefully help with identification.

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Jolly good, that should help a lot.

I'll try that again!

Thu 14-Jul-11
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Lots of members of the plum family have thorns (think Sloes) Not all the pricks are in Westminster big_laugh.    runaway

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Unfortunately Seth...they seem to thrive everywhere....big_laughbig_laugh  and a bit like weeds...don't have a care for the surrounding 'plants' fighting for existence...angryangry

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There's a plum tree on waste ground near our house which gives small yellow/red plums but I can't remember whether it has any thorns on the branches or not.

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Mon 18-Jul-11
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I've been looking on the internet and I think its likely to be a cherry plum .. what does everyone think? Went to take a photo and it looks as though the birds have eaten everything!!

 

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The Cherry plum that I plucked the other day didn't have thorns...

I'll try that again!

Mon 18-Jul-11
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camera it is then.

How do I insert a photo from my documents, I saw that it requests a URL address and being a techno phobe I don't know where to find that ??!

Thanks

Janine

Mon 18-Jul-11
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Janine, it's easiest if you upload it to Photobucket first then copy it to the forum.

I'll try that again!

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Here goes.....what a revelation!!

 

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The second photo shows one of the thorns, it was a bit breezy!  

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Well done Janine!  welldone welldone Hmm, mine were very pink and some were deep red, perhaps you are north of me?

I'll try that again!

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