Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

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Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:25 pm

Hey all, just measured what I think is a Prunus pensylvanica. Height = ~31.5 ft, CBH = 91 inches. The 91 inch circumference seems substantial. For comparison, the Nat'l Champion pin cherry has a CBH of 56 inches (but is 3X as tall), and the largest P. pensylvanica in NC has a 51-inch circumference.

This is the first hardwood I've ever measured for height, so take that measurement with a grain of salt. I'm almost certain this is a pin cherry--its leaves and bark fit the description--but I may have to wait until spring to verify that. Some photos will be up soon.

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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:50 pm

Sorry, ~36 ft. height for the pin cherry

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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by Joe » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:41 am

can you post a photo of it?
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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:17 pm

Here are a couple of pictures of the tree. It's growing right alongside a classic New England stone wall.
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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:20 pm

Here's a photo of the trunk. It's rife with lenticels.
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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by Steve Galehouse » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:35 pm

Ryan-

I think you'll have to inspect the tree in leaf to be sure---it could be either Prunus avium or P. cerasus, both are European species that often escape cultivation and appear native.

Steve
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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by Will Blozan » Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:59 pm

Ryan,

I agree with Steve- definitey NOT a pin cherry. Sorry.

Will

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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:27 pm

Thanks guys for the ID help. It probably is a Prunus avium, the Google Image results look like a match.

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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by KoutaR » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:23 am

Ryan,

It looks very similar to Prunus avium in Europe.

Kouta

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Re: Pin Cherry, Southwestern CT

Post by RyanLeClair » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:50 pm

Kouta,

It may be Prunus avium, but the leaves don't seem to match. Prunus avium leaves seem to be more elliptical with noticeably acuminate tips, while the leaves of this CT tree (from memory) are more lanceolate, without the acuminate tip.

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