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Old August 15th, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Thorny trees with berries

Hi, we just moved into our new home and in the yard there is a tree that has thorns and berries. Almost looks like two different trees grown together. Can anyone tell us what it may be?
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Old August 15th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

Pictures of whole tree and close-ups of leaf arrangment and thorns sure would help. barb
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Old August 15th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

I'll guess Hawthorn.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 06:08 AM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

Sideroxylon lycioides?
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Old August 17th, 2012, 04:48 AM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

Here are a couple of pics, it looks like two trees together.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:49 AM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

Welcome to the forums.Glad you got your pics to work.

I believe this is Pyrus calleryana.
What you see as thorns, I see as short spurs with a very healthy pointed bud at the tip.
The "berries".... small hard pears.


http://s3.amazonaws.com/tneppc2/uplo...calleryana.jpg


http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/...lery_pear1.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrus_calleryana
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Old August 17th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

The "Autumn Blaze" cultivar has thorns.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 07:14 PM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

Probably a named pear cultivar grafted onto a seedling rootstock (or perhaps a clonal rootstock). At any rate - if this appears to be the situation - the different shoots coming from the bottom should be cut off.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 05:05 PM
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Re: Thorny trees with berries

Or two self-sown seedlings that came up close to each other. Quite likely considering the way it is so invasive in the eastern USA, often forming dense thickets.
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