Public Spirit!

Tree on grass triangleAs I have mentioned before, our house is on a corner plot. On the corner itself is a triangle of grass, separated from our plot by a footpath which runs diagonally across the corner. On the triangle of grass there grows a tree. Actually it could well be a tall shrub as it has multiple trunks and the foliage starts low down, plus it isn’t all that tall by tree standards! I don’t know what species it is.

Because the corner is north facing the tree/shrub grows at an angle leaning out towards the road in order to grab what afternoon sunlight it can. This means that the branches, which at this time of year are laden with bright red berries, dangle over the road, not only obstructing the view round the corner for traffic trying to turn out of our road but also very nearly touching cars, cyclist and other road users as they turn in.

The triangle of grass with the tree belongs to the council and they mow the grass several times a year but they never touch the tree, so each year I go out and do my public-spirited bit by pruning the tree. Over the last few weeks I have been looking at the tree and, noticing that it had once more stretched out over the road, I had been thinking it was time to do something again.

So, yesterday afternoon (in the morning we had been out for a ride on our tandem – this is irrelevant but I add it so you know that the tandem hasn’t been abandoned in the shed!) I took my wheel-barrow and tree pruning tools and lopped off the offending branches. I try to prune only just enough to alleviate the problem. I took the picture at the top of this post after pruning, showing the that the turning is now clear. I’m sorry I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture to show the difference.

Tree branch and berriesThis second picture is a close up of a berry laden branch from a tree of the same species which grows in our garden. Our tree is growing up beside the remains of a stump of another tree that had already been chopped down when we moved here. I believe this one to be self-set, possibly from a berry dropped by a bird from the tree on the grass triangle just over the hedge. There are several such trees in the neighbourhood at varying stages of growth so I think it probably self-sets very readily. If any one can tell me what it is I would be very grateful.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill Bisgood
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 10:58:35

    Could be a cotoneaster Columbia. They’re a semi-evergreen, very good for bees when in blossom.


    • Libby
      Sep 12, 2016 @ 11:27:10

      Thank you for the suggestion Bill, I’ll check it out, but it doesn’t seem to be as stiff and waxy as most cotoneasters I have encountered. This is deciduous.


  2. julespaige
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 12:23:33

    POSSUMHAW? I just put deciduous red berry bush in the search. Though these leaves are smaller. You might want to take a clipping to a local garden center for identification. It doesn’t look like holly. But it could be in the same family.


  3. elaine patricia
    Sep 12, 2016 @ 14:32:33

    It is an alder buckthorn Libby and quite popular with florists. You can probably sell the bits you cut off.😀


    • Libby
      Sep 12, 2016 @ 15:35:04

      Ah, thank you. That sounds very positive. Unfortunately I have already compost binned the cut offs 😦 Maybe next year, unless I can rescue them and make arrangements quickly!


  4. The Weekly Day
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 03:52:41

    I don’t know, but I think it looks nice!


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