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    Default Unidentified fruit bushes

    I've just got my allotment plot and down one side are fruit bushes, possibly currants of some variety. I have unfortunately identified one as blackcurrant due to the infestation of big bud which is rife in the area. However, I don't know how to identify the rest. Should I just not worry about pruning them and let them have a seaon to show me what they are?

    Also are there any other thorny trees/tall bushes other than sloes that someone might plant on an allotment?

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    If you rub a blackcurrant leaf, then rub the leaves of the other currant bushes, they should smell differently - they'll be red or white. They'll look much the same until they fruit. Jostaberries also smell a bit like blackcurrants but not quite so strongly!

    For advice on pruning red/white currants Growing Currants | How To Grow | Grow Your Own

    and for blackcurrants Growing Blackcurrants | How To Grow | Grow Your Own

    Thorny trees - ? hawthorn or gooseberries/worcesterberries gone mad!
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    Poncirus Trifolata. Vicious, scented and fruit could possibly made into marmalade.

    Have a look at Crataegus family. Some alleged to be edible.

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    If I'm going to have to wait until leaves I might as well wait and see what they surprise me with and then worry about getting them under control in the autumn.

    Will file away the pruning advice though.

    As for the other one. It's taller than me so unlikely a bushy berry. I guess it could be hawthorn but we've so many in the local area. More surprises for me then

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannyK View Post
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    This is definitely the first word that sprung to mind with this tree. That's why my first thoughts were Sloe but on reflection, the thorns were too many and too short for sloe.

    Maybe the neighbouring plot holders will be able to shed some light. It will be just my luck with a citrus intolerance that it's a citrus tree.
    Last edited by katkatkat; 08-02-2017 at 05:57 PM.

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    Just rubbing the branches will give you an idea of which currants they are. The blackcurrant smell is very "catty"
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    If you can post a photo of the spiny tree we may be able to identify it!

    Japanese quince/ chaenomeles is another possibility.
    Last edited by veggiechicken; 08-02-2017 at 06:01 PM.
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    I will be sure to rub the big bud infested blackcurrant whilst doing whatever I need to do to deal with it so I can at least rule out other blackcurrants along the row.

    Tomorrow morning is my first daylight trip so I will be photographing absolutely everything and will pop up some photos of the vicious tree then.

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