Can You Identify This Tree?
Here we are in December, and one tenacious young deciduous tree has yet to give up most of its leaves. In fact, most of this tree’s leaves are still green, photosynthesizing in the dim light, even though we’re only about 100 miles south of the border with Canada. We’ve had a handful of frosts, a couple down into the upper 20s, but nothing brutal yet. The yarrow and alyssum are still flowering, though the bees don’t seem inclined to come visit them.
The sapling volunteered itself in a front yard flower bed, with enough distance from the house for a tree to be allowed to grow, and I am inclined to allow it to get nice and big where it is. I haven’t seen any other saplings of its kind anywhere close to where I live, so I know that the tree is a good traveler, or came attached to a traveler of some kind.
The leaves remind me a bit of an apple tree, though I’m not really sure. I can’t say that I recognize the bark either. It hasn’t set any kind of flower that I could identify.
Does anyone have an idea of what kind of tree I might have on my hands?