Weird tree in berry.
Tree with red berries in clusters - what is it?
I went on a photo safari not all that long ago, and found a weird tree with red berries, in clusters, a bit like cherries but -- not quite.
The Dorling Kindersley Guide to Trees isn't out yet - it'll be an extremely good field guide for European trees, and they even used a few of my photos, but it's not out yet! It should have been published in July or August, and they have it on order in the largest bookstore in town, but alas, it's not here yet.
Of course, I have other tree books, but they're not as good. One is a botanical guide, which is nice if you see the flower and have a branch with leaf in front of you, but keying out a plant when all you have is photos of leaf and berry isn't all that easy.
So I'm asking you. Do you know this tree? It's cool, I've never seen it before -- that I know of: of course it's possible that it's been staring me in the eye all the time, everywhere, but not in berry. It's planted, not wild - I wouldn't ask about our wild trees, I know them all.
Here's a few pictures:
[image:14164 align=left hspace=1] [image:14165 align=left hspace=1] [image:14167 align=left hspace=1]It could be Malus hupehensis (the berry looks right), but the leaf is all wrong.
Update 14Oct2005: It's Malus toringo var. sargentii, or Malus sargentii, depending on if you believe the botanists who tell you they're one and the same. I don't, so the pics will go online as Malus toringo.