Plant ID forum: Tree Identification help

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Cincinnati, Ohio
DieselVB
Feb 22, 2018 9:29 AM CST
Not sure what type of tree this is. My neighbor says it's some sort of fruit tree. I live in Ohio if that helps. Not the best pictures, but to some expert this may be all it takes to identify. Thanks so much!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 22, 2018 9:40 AM CST
On my phone, i need a close up picture of leave/s.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Cincinnati, Ohio
DieselVB
Feb 22, 2018 10:28 AM CST
I wish I had a close up, but I didn't anticipate needing them last year when I took these. This tree won't have leaves for another month or two.
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plantladylin
Feb 22, 2018 11:31 AM CST
Hi DieselVB, Welcome!

A close up of bark, leaves and blooms will give a more exact ID. I just had cataract surgery so I'm not seeing very clearly but I think one photo is showing white blooms? Can you give us an idea of, what time of year it was that the tree was bloom? I'll throw out a couple of wild guesses with links to our database where you can view more photos for comparison:

Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida 'Cherokee Princess')
Bradford Pear (Pyrus calleryana 'Bradford')


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DaisyI
Feb 22, 2018 12:02 PM CST
The way the flowers are in little clusters and without leaves, makes me think flowering pear. Do you remember if it had an odor when it bloomed?
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Cincinnati, Ohio
DieselVB
Feb 22, 2018 12:17 PM CST
Hello. I just checked and the photo with the blooms was taken on April 8th of 2017. I do not recall if it had an odor to it or not. Thanks for your help.
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greene
Feb 22, 2018 8:03 PM CST
April is not that far away. This thread will remain open. Just add some new photos as they become available. Try for close-ups of leaves, flowers, bark, etc. Someone will recognize the tree soon enough. Thumbs up
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islander
Feb 22, 2018 10:09 PM CST
Makes me think of Amelanchier but hard to tell without close-ups.
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plantladylin
Feb 23, 2018 1:15 PM CST
Serviceberry (Amelanchier) is another good suggestion. There may be a few types that grow in your area; one for comparison: Juneberry (Amelanchier canadensis)

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Cincinnati, Ohio
DieselVB
Feb 23, 2018 3:05 PM CST
Odd thing is, I have never seen any fruit or berries on it. I believe it is about 5 years old. I bought my house two years ago.
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porkpal
Feb 23, 2018 4:57 PM CST
That makes it sound like an ornamental pear, but the growth pattern is wrong. When I was a child, we had an old cherry tree that bloomed without ever producing fruit. Perhaps it needs a second tree to be fertile.
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ViburnumValley
Feb 23, 2018 11:30 PM CST
Maybe taking pictures of the bare twigs, the buds, the bark, etc. will lead to an ID - since many woody plants are easily identified without leaves or flowers. Post them here.

If not, you can still wait for spring.
John
Cincinnati, Ohio
DieselVB
Feb 24, 2018 7:36 AM CST

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Cincinnati, Ohio
DieselVB
Feb 24, 2018 7:37 AM CST
Hopefully these help
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Mar 3, 2018 8:27 PM CST
I think that is likely an Amelanchier sp. - one of the Serviceberry tribe.

This is a genus in the Rosaceae family, which require cross-pollination with a non-clonal partner in order to have quality fruit set. Otherwise, it is a great spring flowering tree for most residential landscapes.
John

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