New House - Help ID these Trees

Schlemoc(5)June 15, 2012

Hi everyone,

I'm excited to see that there is a forum dedicated to orchard management. I have been spending a lot of time reading up on the various comments, including grafting. My dad tried to get an orchard going rather unsuccessfully. I just purchased a house that has existing trees in the yard, some of which we can not identify. I was hoping some of you would be able to help. The prior owner's husband who planted them is deceased, so she was not able to assist us.

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Schlemoc(5)

Here is a close up of the above tree

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:02PM
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Schlemoc(5)

Tree #2

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:05PM
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Schlemoc(5)

Tree #3

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:06PM
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Schlemoc(5)

Tree #3 close up - I'm thinking this is an apple.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:07PM
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Schlemoc(5)

Not a Tree, but a very old, large bush. I have 3 shots of it to try to help.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:08PM
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Schlemoc(5)

A view of how large it is.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:09PM
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Schlemoc(5)

Last photo, and a close up of the shrub.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:10PM
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spartan-apple

Greetings:

Photo #1 appears to be a striped bark maple.

Photo #2 might be a Corylus? Just a guess. Not positive.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:24PM
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Schlemoc(5)

Interesting. Thanks for your input! The previous owner thought the first one was a hazelnut tree. If it is, I'd like to keep it. If not, I would rather replace it with some sort of fruit/nut tree. I'll google images of those two and compare! Thanks!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:44PM
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spartan-apple

Sorry, I should have mentioned Corylus is the genus for
hazelnut.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 12:49PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

#3 looks like cherry wood... sour cherry?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 1:51PM
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Schlemoc(5)

That's a possiblity. There is one cherry tree (non-producing that I want to graft on, that's another topic), and 2 pie cherry trees.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 1:57PM
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cousinfloyd

I'd say #1 looks very much like some kind of non-native maple.

My first thought on #2 was hazelnut, then I thought mulberry but a closer look at the leaf margins has me thinking hazelnut again. (Obviously I don't really know.)

#3 looks very cherry to me.

Does the bush have compound leaves? Or is that something else growing up through it?

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 6:18PM
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larry_gene

Yes, #2 is a hazelnut (filbert). Not sure how productive one isolated bush will be. And yours has not been pruned for ease of harvest.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2012 at 11:43PM
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northerngrapes

Stop...#3 looks to me like Buckthorn. If it has thorns, thats the giveaway. If that is the case...do not eat the berries!

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 8:52AM
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Schlemoc(5)

So some follow up questions:

Anyone want a striped maple in SW PA?

The Filbert Hazelnut - I was reading that it is typically male and female plants, or would I be fine just finding a different hazelnut to pollinate?

I know it's not a mulberry. I've grown up around mulberry trees. I agree at first glance it appeared to be one, but is not. However, I do have about a dozen mulberry trees in various sizes around the property. I plan on transplanting them to my dad's 20 acres to make a mulberry orchard. I make wine out of the berries.

Tree #3 does not have thorns that I noticed. I'll double check on my way over today. If it does, then I'll be sure to put it on my removal list.

Any guesses on the giant bush? I have two of them in the yard. The largest one from picture four is the size of a chevy pickup.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 11:10AM
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dirtslinger2(6)

Just gueeses but...
1. Pensylvania maple. A shame to remove, hopefully you have space to plant fruit elsewhere. Unless that's a big crack in the trunk then taker out.
2. Hazelnut
3. Pin cherry
4. Vaccinium? Looks a lot like a healthy blueberry to me.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 12:16PM
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Schlemoc(5)

#4 is not a blueberry. I'll have to look up your thoughts. They are the size of Chevy silverado 350 trucks. I assume they are very old, but I'm not sure.

The problem with the striped Pa maple is that it is roughly 10' from the Hazelnut. I'd have to get one or the other to move some. It's an interesting tree.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 12:28PM
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larry_gene

Just find a different hazelnut to pollinate.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 12:17AM
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canadianplant

One and 2 look like the native snakebark maple (Acer Penncylvanium)(sp). The good thing is they THRIVE in shade, so even if you plant trees around it, it wont get shaded out. I wouldnt remove it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 6:42AM
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