Tree ID

JimR36(5b CO)May 17, 2013

I was curious if anyone might be able to identify a tree. I've included a picture, but wish I could have added another showing more than just leaves and flowers.

It seems to be a common landscape tree in Fort Collins. It has a relatively smooth bark, and the branches start out sort of twisted from the central core. It's blooming now with white petals and a yellow center. Very fragrant, and seeming to set off allergy problems. Bees like the flowers.

Later in the year (by September, but probably starting earlier) the leaves turn a dark dull purple.

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JimR36(5b CO)

By the way, someone said it might be some type of dogwood.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 11:11PM
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polygonum_tinctorium

Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana).

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 1:19AM
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JimR36(5b CO)

Thanks for the help. That's an interesting tree, i.e one I've read about recently. And I had some jelly, made in Colorado, featuring the fruit.

I also meant to point out that it has some weird insects on it. They look like scale bugs of some kind. Rather large - up to about 1/3" - sort of snowy white (but dark too), and dome-shaped, stuck to the tree twigs. I'm not sure if they can do damage on a large scale.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 1:41AM
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JimR36(5b CO)

Thanks for the help. That's an interesting tree, i.e one I've read about recently. And I had some jelly, made in Colorado, featuring the fruit.

I also meant to point out that it has some weird insects on it. They look like scale bugs of some kind. Rather large - up to about 1/3" - sort of snowy white (but dark too), and dome-shaped, stuck to the tree twigs. I'm not sure if they can do damage on a large scale.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2013 at 1:42AM
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bob_in_colorado

Could be a Canada Flowering Cherry.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 12:33AM
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margaretmontana(4-5MT)

Chokecherries usually have flower clusters in a drupe. Many blossoms in a long cluster. All cherry trees are susceptible to scale. My Nanking Cherries had them bad 2 years ago and I cut them to the ground. If you catch them in time you can treat with dormant oil. Once they attach regular insecticides don't penetrate so you have to smother. Your local Extension office should be able to id especailly if you can take in a flowering cluster of flowers and some of the scale.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2013 at 12:03AM
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