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Eek I have to apply for planning permission! But what are these trees?

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claudedebussy Tue 08-Jan-13 14:19:38

If anyone would mind helping me identify these two trees in my garden I'd really appreciate it. Pics on profile.

I have to apply for planning permission and they want to know about the trees. I'm only changing the windows so doing the application myself.

Any help gratefully received!

claudedebussy Fri 11-Jan-13 11:46:32

good news - sent planner photos and i don't need planning at all, so no more stress!

thanks all for taking the time.

echt Fri 11-Jan-13 03:48:38

Tree, not see.

echt Fri 11-Jan-13 03:48:26

Leaves not at all like eucalyptus. The see would be waaay taller anyway, what with UK rain.

Kiriwawa Thu 10-Jan-13 20:59:13

Can you take a photo of the trunk/branches closer up? Does it flower?

<tree investigator hat on grin >

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 10-Jan-13 20:33:31

Well, I'm in two minds about Tree 2. The leaves do look like viburnum tinus but (thinking of the vast one in my parents' garden) I would have expected the canopy to be much more tightly-packed. Could you take a leaf into a friendly local garden centre?

Kiriwawa Thu 10-Jan-13 20:33:14

Tree 1 is deffo pittosporum. Tree 2 - trunk looks like eucalyptus but the leaves look a bit soft - eucalyptus leaves are very dry and much narrower than that usually (they are natives of very dry climates).

So no idea but I don't think they're anything to worry about TPO-wise smile

Tree people can be a bit sniffy - I asked the council to come and cut the hornbeam on the pavement and the tree surgeon arrived and said 'that's not a hornbeam, it's a whitebeam!' like I'd deliberately lied to him or something grin

DoodlesNoodles Thu 10-Jan-13 20:28:21

Try this tree identification site

The leaves of 1 look just like pittosporum.

No 2 does look like viburnum but it's quite big so I don't know. hmm (if it were smaller I would say the leaves look lie viburnum tinus). There are loads of variety and the leaves vary a lot. sorry not helpful

claudedebussy Thu 10-Jan-13 19:04:00

hmmm i dunno i dunno!!

it's not a happy tree / bush thing. there's a viburnum in the front garden and this doesn't look the same unless it's practically dead.

thank you very much all. i spoke to the planner today and she said that photos would be good enough and didn't seem worried that i didn't know the names of all the trees.

so it doesn't really matter what no. 2 is, although i'm still interested for interest's sake!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 10-Jan-13 18:36:11



The leaves of No2 look like my viburnum tinus. Again, this is usually a bush rather than a tree but it can grow to tree size - although I would expect the canopy to be a bit denser than this example - and there's precedent here for supermassive shrubs!

Donki Thu 10-Jan-13 18:30:52

OK,definitely not eucalyptus
I am sorry I have no more bright ideas, but I am sure someone else will nail it.

dreamingofsun Wed 09-Jan-13 13:50:39

planning need to know in case its a really interesting tree that should have a preservation order on it. we have orders on the ones in our garden and it will affect any future planning requests we put in - ie we probably won't be able to build a convervatory because we might then complain about bits from the trees falling on it and want to chop trees down - or at least thats what planners told us.

claudedebussy Wed 09-Jan-13 12:32:35

i don't know why planning need this. seems ridiculous. i only want to change the windows. on the form it asks if there are any trees within falling distance of the house and these are so they want a %*($*£ j site plan. i don't have architects to help me with that and there's no way i could manage to draw one up myself. i tried but i can't get the angles right and certainly not to scale.

i might phone the planners this afternoon and ask if they really need to know about these poxy trees. i mean, they're barely trees at all.

so - i've uploaded a close up of the leaves of no. 2.

i don't think it's a eucalyptus. the leaf shape doesn't look right to me... and no eucalyptus smell either.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud - i'm his no. 1 fan - dead or alive grin

Porkster Tue 08-Jan-13 23:04:09

I thought eucalyptus for 2. This is a Bad Thing for your foundations.

Why do planning need to know this? Building Control, yes, but planning? Can't see relevance unless trees have TPO on them maybe?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 22:59:18

Oh and I think you might be onto something with eucalyptus. The way the leaves attach to the twigs doesn't quite look droopy enough <<technical term>> to me, and I don't think eucalyptus leaves tend to be veiny, but crushing a leaf will be the definitive test.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 22:56:19

::waves back::

Donki Tue 08-Jan-13 22:53:08

::Waves:: am at a conference and was bored this evening before bed...
I hope that the tea room are all well!
I am OK apart from having just walloped my nose on the corner of cupboard because I wasn't looking where I was going!
I got my second essay finished at the weekend. That and cover work for this week (as I can't leave stuff from text books) made Christmas rather less relaxing that it might have been.... but I enjoyed having DS at home, and it is so nice not to have to cook this week! (I like cooking, but a break from it is very welcome)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 22:47:54

Hello Donki. How are you?

::apologies for hijack::

Donki Tue 08-Jan-13 22:47:01

Leaf shape (and tree shape) of eucalyptus can be hugely variable...

Donki Tue 08-Jan-13 22:46:21

Can't tell clearly, but could no. 2 be eucalyptus? It is evergreen, and had greyish leaves. The shape of the tree could be eucalyptus, If so, if you crush a leaf it would have smell or eucalyptus (not helpful if you don't know what the smell is, but I am struggling to think of a way to describe it)

takeaway2 Tue 08-Jan-13 22:39:33

My dh the architect says that there may be no need to tell the planners what name of tree you have if you can't find out. He suggests speaking to them and tell them that you don't know what they are, just describe the tree (like you have here) and attach a photo (like you have here!).


Leafmould Tue 08-Jan-13 22:25:32

Not look like beech. Laurel?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 22:19:15

::high fives ClaudeDebussy::

::wonders is this is a disrespectful way to treat a great composer::

claudedebussy Tue 08-Jan-13 22:14:41

it's definitely a pittosporum! i knew that i recognised it somehow but didn't make the leap from the small bushes I see. The previous owners lived there for 30 years and it's quite possible that they just let it grow. I don't think they've done any pruning, or none that I can see at a glance.

thank you so much, everyone, for taking the time.

I'll take a couple more photos of no. 2 tomorrow in better light, and a couple of close-ups too.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 08-Jan-13 19:31:22

Really? In that case, I'll put more money on it being a pittosporum. Perhaps I've been misled because mine (and the others I know) are in tubs and so constrained in their growth.

LexyMa Tue 08-Jan-13 19:20:38

pittosporum can definitely get almost oak-sized. My parents have one.

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