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post #1 of 10 Old 05-16-2020, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Iím in Washington ... wondering what this is. The bark peels off like birch circumferentially and itís got 5 leaf clusters. Any guesses? Itís scattered around the Doug-Fir understory.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-17-2020, 11:46 AM
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Looks like wild cherry to me. If you rub the bark clean does it have a almost purple color?


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post #3 of 10 Old 05-17-2020, 02:09 PM
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Cherry, you can tell by the bark.

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-18-2020, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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My color sense is terrible but I'd say its more brown than purple but more purple than anything other than brown.

20 years ago, a forester told me I had cherry on my lot, but I thought he was referring to a different tree. I can ID every species on my lot but for two, this being one of them. I recall he called this "witch hazel" which it kind of looks like to me.


Anyhow, thanks for the IDs

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Here's a witch hazel bark photo off the internet ... very similar, but not the same flowers. Witch hazel got spikey petals and what I have doesn't.
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Personally, I find it easier to identify a tree by its leaves. Wood after it's been milled.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-18-2020, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Here are the leaves...or as my southern belle like to say, the leafs.
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Those leaves do look like witch hazel, was just looking at them in a nursery last week.


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post #9 of 10 Old 05-20-2020, 09:32 AM
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I'm not sure what that is.
Witch Hazel leaves usually have more of a serrated edge.
Having said that, I am NOT an expert.
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After looking at many photos on google, I do not believe that is witch hazel. The leaves and flowers are similar but not quite right. But the leaves don't look cherry to me either.
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