Trying to I.D. Backyard Tree

drew311July 9, 2014


Just wondering if anyone can identify a tree in my backyard. I live in southern Ontario, not exactly sure what zone I'm in.

The attached photo shows the leaves and fruit it produces each year. The fruit is about a half inch in diameter and looks like a cross between a small crabapple and a cherry. The leaves look like it is a cherry tree, but the fruits are quite hard, and I'm wondering if they are edible.

The tree has a slight purplish appearance, the crown is globe shaped and it's about 12 feet tall.

If anyone can help it would be much appreciated!


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Ornamental crab.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 7:07PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

If you cut a fruit across the equator you'll find the star shaped seed compartments of a Malus, not the single pit of a Prunus. This is a very easy way to distinguish the two genera.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 4:49AM
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The sepals make me think of rose hips, the stem looks like apple. The seeds between the two are very different.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 3:13PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

But the leaves are not rose leaves. Many fruits in the Rosaceae have the sepals or their remains at the end of the fruit.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:06PM
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