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What's in my Ditch ?


 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:32 pm    Post subject: What's in my Ditch ? Reply with quote

Am new here, so hi to all.
I would like to pick your collective brains to help me id the trees in my ditch. The kids are getting older and I need to know the basics before they catch me out. We go walking regularly, but as of yet they haven't asked me too much.
So here's the 3 main trees making up the ditch at the side of my garden (how lucky am I to have a natural ditch ?
I think the first is Ash, the second Sycamore and the third Hawthorn. The Sycamore has what I believe is Tar Spot in the bottom right corner. Questions : could the second be Field Maple ? How do you tell the difference ? Is the so-called Whitethorn the same as the Hawthorn ? Thanks a million.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First is Ash. The second is Sycamore with tar spot and the third is Hawthorn. The Sycamore has a serrated edge to the leaf whereas a field maple has no serrations but makes up for it with rounded lobes or leaf tips. And yes the Hawthorn is also known as the whitethorn.
Great to have a natural ditch, isn't it. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Western, Hawthorn may be known by any number of common names... Hagthorn, Haw, May, Mayflower, Mayblossom, Maythorn, Maybush, Bread and Cheese Tree, Quickset or Quickthorn.
More on the Hawthorn here.... Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folks.
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