Plant ID forum: Sowerberry trees? Sour-berry trees?.

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Name: Sasha Palmer
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
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sashaapalmer
Jan 21, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Hi,

I've inherited two small flowering trees from the previous owner of the house. (Actually they've grown quite a bit over a few years, they're about 20 feet high now.) I believe she said those were "sowerberry trees" (not sure about the spelling.)

I'd like to read up on them, find info on care, pruning, etc.

Tried the plant database search, but couldn't find them there.

Could you help please?

Sasha

P.S. I don't have any close up pics of leaves or flowers..but you can see one of the trees in this photo.

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 21, 2017 12:36 PM CST
Hi Sasha -- maybe "Sourwood tree" (Oxydendrum aboreum) ?

In the database here on NGA: https://garden.org/plants/sear...

and on the Arbor Day Foundation site: https://www.arborday.org/trees...

That would be a nice tree to have, bees love them! Smiling
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 21, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Sourwood makes excellent honey. (Well, the bees do the work.)
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Name: Sasha Palmer
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sashaapalmer
Jan 21, 2017 1:12 PM CST
Hi Sandy,
I've looked up Sourwood -- it has very distinctive flowers; the flowers on my trees are different..

Thank you very much, though.
:)
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Jan 21, 2017 1:15 PM CST
??? maybe
http://www.looduskalender.ee/e...
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Name: Sasha Palmer
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sashaapalmer
Jan 21, 2017 1:37 PM CST
greene said:??? maybe
http://www.looduskalender.ee/e...


Thank you, but I'm afraid not..

I might need to wait for spring to take pics of the flowers, leaves, and later berries. I believe my trees have small dark berries.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 21, 2017 5:07 PM CST
Aw, darn -- I was really hoping you had yourself a sourwood tree! Well, spring isn't all that far off -- I'll be looking forward to finding out what your tree is once it starts leafing out and flowering (those photos will most definitely help with the ID) Smiling .
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Name: greene
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greene
Jan 21, 2017 5:26 PM CST
You could also take some close up detailed photos of the leaves and branches while we wait for the flowers. Thumbs up

Edited to add:
I forgot to ask in what city/state/country the tree is growing. Thanks.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jan 21, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Another option might be to take a branch to your local extension service office to see if someone could ID the tree for you. Smiling
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crawgarden
Jan 21, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Maybe a master gardener unit through the extension could help you.
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Name: Sasha Palmer
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sashaapalmer
Jan 21, 2017 7:08 PM CST
greene said:You could also take some close up detailed photos of the leaves and branches while we wait for the flowers. Thumbs up

Edited to add:
I forgot to ask in what city/state/country the tree is growing. Thanks.


I forgot to mention it: Baltimore, MD.

I'll take a couple closeup pics tomorrow even though the trees are of course leafless now. Maybe the bark will help.
Name: Sasha Palmer
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sashaapalmer
Jan 26, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Here's a couple of pictures of the bark..
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Name: Sasha Palmer
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sashaapalmer
Apr 13, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Well, they're blooming now!

Here's a pic of the flowers -- maybe it'll help identify the trees.

Thank you very much.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 13, 2017 4:08 PM CST
The blooms are certainly lovely, Sasha -- I hope someone will recognize it!

Edited to say: I've suggested that the thread be moved to the Plant ID forum
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Apr 13, 2017 4:39 PM CST
Amelanchier maybe? Perhaps she said "serviceberry" or "sarvisberry." Shrug!
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Apr 13, 2017 4:41 PM CST
Amelanchier canadensis/Serviceberry?
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Name: Sasha Palmer
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sashaapalmer
Apr 13, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Danita said:Amelanchier maybe? Perhaps she said "serviceberry" or "sarvisberry." Shrug!

I think that's what it most probably is! The pictures of Amelanchier trees look very similar to what I've got in the back yard. Hurray!
Name: Sandy B.
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Apr 13, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Hurray!
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