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Cinnamon scented tree

Perthshire, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone know what this tree is? It's the size and shape of a hawthorn, but the leaves are much smaller, like tiny glossy beech leaves - and they have a pleasant cinnamon-like smell. Seen in a garden in Perthshire. Looks at least 20 years old, so must be quite hardy. Is it an exotic form of hawthorn?

That's a £1 coin btw - for comparison, not a prize ;)
and I don't have a giant hand.

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It looks much too big to be a hawthorn. Off to do some research!

26 Jun, 2015


Just keeping in the loop on this one!

26 Jun, 2015


Lol - it does look like a giant hand! Like Cammomile, I want to keep up with this. (Surprisingly small leaves for such a big tree.)

26 Jun, 2015


I've looked up every tree and shrub in the web and can't find anything yet.

27 Jun, 2015


Thanks for your efforts, guys :)
It's not easy. I'm used using image search for identifying plants, buy my usual googling skills don't produce anything for this one.

28 Jun, 2015


I wonder if this kind of cinnamony aroma is produced by many plants. I've sometimes noticed it on the air when out on hills far from towns and gardens, but had never found the source. This was the first time I could tell where it was coming from.

28 Jun, 2015


I think the tree looks bigger in the photo than it actually was (about 20ft) - the tiny leaves maybe add to that impression.

28 Jun, 2015


Looks like nothofagus (antartica?).
I've never tried smelling the leaves, but apparently they smell sweet.

I've seen Nothofagus in gardens in the lake district and Cornwall and think they have very attractive leaves.


28 Jun, 2015


By George I think you've got it. Well done.

28 Jun, 2015


It certainly looks like it on Google images. I had never heard of it, but it looks very attractive.

28 Jun, 2015

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