Trees and Shrubs forum: Tree ID help and more

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Name: Beth
Greenwood, IN (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower Miniature Gardening
Apr 15, 2017 1:20 PM CST
I had this beauitful mature shade tree in my backyard. I believe it was last spring a good storm came in and took out our whole tree. Snaped it right in the middle of the trunk. We removed the tree that had fallen over but the a good section of the trunk remains. We've kind of ignored it figuring it was dead and eventually we'll cut it too the ground and figure out a method of removing the stump. But it's not dead! There are 3 saplings growing out of the side of the trunk.

Can you guys please help me identify this tree and if we should allow it to keep growing as it is.

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Thanks in advance for all your help!

Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Farmer Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Apr 15, 2017 10:05 PM CST
Your tree is/was a selection of Callery Pear.

While it may have been mature and shapely, this introduced exotic species has proven to be a disastrous devil for North American plant communities. It produces prodigious fruit which are eaten and distributed by birds, and there are no natural controls on its rampant reproduction. This is a significant detriment to plants native to Indiana as well as most of the eastern US.

In my never to be humble opinion, I'm glad that your tree is ready for final removal. There are so many fabulous species you can grow on your property - native or not - that are not pestiferous problems like this Asian pear species has shown itself to be.

I hope you have success with a new tree, and find joy in its establishment and growth.
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
Winter Sowing
Apr 19, 2017 10:02 AM CST
I agree with VV.
Also, if you let it grow a new tree from a sapling growing from the trunk, the new tree will always have a weak spot where it has the joint there. One of the problems with Callery Pears is how weak and prone to breakage they are (you found that out in the storm). A new crooked tree would be much weaker. So this tree really does have to go. Many towns planted a lot of them in the past, now are finding out they are a real problem tree.
It looks like a lovely spot, have fun picking out a replacement!

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