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    Default Can anyone identify this tree please?

    Each year I tell myself I must ask someone if they can identify this tree that is growing in my garden and is currently in flower. The other day the local tree surgeon was in the village so I asked him, but he could only offer that it might be from the magnolia family, so I'm still none the wiser.

    Silly me, fancy not turning to the highly knowledgeable forum fraternity earlier! The tree is deciduous and is one of the last to come out of dormancy. It's currently in flower, with each cream-coloured flower reminding me of Lily of the Valley and the bees are all over them!

    Anyway, here's a photo of the leaves and flowers and hoping someone can offer a likely identification.

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    Could it be Elaeagnus?
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    Ooooooh - now there's a thought! It's certainly not Elaeagnus ebbingei which is a shrub and despite really quite insignificant flowers, is highly scented. Mine is scent-free and has no silver coloured underside of the leaf.

    I certainly think you've identified the right family - thank you!

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    How big are the leaves and what do the fruits look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capsid View Post
    How big are the leaves
    - biggest is 10cms x 5cms

    and what do the fruits look like?
    - Errrm - can I have question on sport please? Sorry I don't think I took note of the fruit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmallly View Post
    Could it be:

    Depicting pic of Eleagnus augustfolia
    I don't think so as the leaves on this variety are too silvery. Mine are definitely green, no silver underside, is very much a tree and not a shrub, but I'm feeling more sure that it is certainly within the eleagnus family.
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