Plant ID forum→Can anyone tell me what this small tree is? Thank you

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Portland, Oregon
laamsden
Oct 8, 2018 12:41 PM CST
Hi All,
I recently moved to Portland Oregon and there are a few plants and trees in my yard I am not familiar with. While I have been able to ID most, this small tree remains elusive. It is an attractive tree with ovoid leaves that turn red in fall. I noticed it had a few small brownish-colored, cherry shaped fruits earlier.
Please let me know your idea. Thank you, Lorri

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 8, 2018 12:53 PM CST
My guess would be Bradford Pear - or similar ornamental pear.
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DaisyI
Oct 8, 2018 1:04 PM CST
I agree
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Portland, Oregon
laamsden
Oct 8, 2018 4:03 PM CST
Thank you, I do believe you are right.

FrankMosher
Oct 8, 2018 4:35 PM CST
laamsden: I am going to be the "outsider" on the call of "Bradford Pear". Note: Nearly 90% of the time when I make a guess, I am wrong, however, when I quibble with "porkpal" on identification, my mis-identification rises to almost 100%. So, just so I keep my percentage up there in the 100% range, I am going to respectfully submit, that it may be a "choke cherry" of some type? I had to look up "Bradford Pear" in spite of my many pear trees, and there were images of small pears (nothing like a cherry in shape) and the mention of how the tree really "STINKS" like fish, and that the tree has so much foliage, grass does not grow underneath it? Your picture shows plenty of grass. Go ahead, sticks and stones won't hurt my bones! You could fib!!! LOL!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 8, 2018 6:54 PM CST
You're cute Frank. Smiling The identification (or mis-identification) is easily solved. Cut open a fruit. Pears have seeds like apples while chokecherries have pits like cherries.

Chokecherries grow wild in my area (I have one in my front yard) so I don't believe that's it (for one thing, wrong leaf shape). The tree was identified as "Bradford Pear - or similar ornamental pear". For some reason, the company that chose the street trees in my neighborhood chose Bradford Pears. The grass doesn't seem to be suffering any under the trees but I think they smell like what the dog does on a bad day. But, others in my neighborhood think they are wonderful and don't notice a smell. Shrug!

PS: I replaced my street trees with a Crab Apple and a Chokecherry. Smiling
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 8, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Bradford Pears are attractive as young trees, but they get over it.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Oct 9, 2018 9:25 AM CST
That's a Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) for certain, and IDing down to cultivar is immaterial.

Leaves, buds, branches, trunk all match - and do NOT match for Chokecherry. Fruit inspection as noted above is also ironclad separation feature.

Callery Pears are hugely invasive in eastern North America; I hope that pestilence doesn't add to infestations in the Pacific northwest.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 9, 2018 11:53 AM CST
John, @ViburnumValley do you know whether they are also used for root stock for fruiting pears?
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Oct 9, 2018 3:35 PM CST
I do not know that answer, but it should be easy to do a search on pear understock to determine what the liner industry prefers.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 9, 2018 4:38 PM CST
The problem with rootstocks is that different ones are chosen for particular needs. Rootstocks are determined by soil type, moisture, climate, insect and disease resistance, size and growth habit desired....
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