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Help Identifying a tree in my garden


By Pacha2

Maidenhead, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone help me identifying this tree?

It is about 8 meters high. All the leaves have white tips. Later in the year it has some seeds - I think that's what they are, that look a bit like pepper corns.

We are having some building work done and as part of the regulations I need to identify all the trees within 6 meters.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.




Is it evergreen or deciduous, Patcha2? At first glance I wondered if it was a Pittosporum - but 8m is a bit tall for that.

28 Sep, 2009


You and me both, Spritz - it does look like Pittosporum in the bigger pic. Might well be Pittosporum Silver Queen

28 Sep, 2009


Hi Spritzhenry thanks for the quick reply. I'm pretty sure it's an evergreen. I've put a few more pictures of it on my profile too, and someone else also suggested a pittosporum.

Thanks again.

28 Sep, 2009


I'm fairly certain its Pittosporum tenuifolium Silver Queen - but would like a pic looking down onto a leaf - unless you can say whether the leaf margins are slightly wavy, not toothed, just wavy.

28 Sep, 2009


Pleased to be able to help. Pacha2. Nice to agree with Bamboo, as well!

28 Sep, 2009


I am fascinated by your tree. I have been searching through my Field Guide to Trees and shrubs ( Reader's Digest) but cannot find it. Has it got flowers earlier in the year?

28 Sep, 2009


If its what I think it is, it should have tiny, dark red flowers in spring - they're usually not very noticeable though, and they turn into those lumpy things seen in the photograph.

28 Sep, 2009


Thanks Bamboo. It may have, but I've only recently moved into this house so I can't recall if it does or not. It had some small peppercorn like balls on it earlier this year too.

28 Sep, 2009


You could google the one I've said it is just for confirmation - hopefully you'll find a picture.

28 Sep, 2009


Yeah I have done that, the leaves look the same, my tree is quite a bit bigger than most I've seen pictured.

28 Sep, 2009


They are correct, it the species Pittosporum tenuifolium and the variety does look like Silver Queen. That woody capsule confirmed it for me. The one at work (about the same size as this from the look of it) has those capsules that split three ways to reveal a few seeds with an almost resinous sticky attachment.

28 Sep, 2009

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