This one should be a bit more of a challange for you readers, answer below.
Kris on 28/04/09
Yes, maybe so. Service trees (both types) are sometimes planted, especially in the grounds of universities, etc.
Sally Heffer on 27/04/09
Now I have looked into the two types of service tree I see that they have very different leaves. The true service tree, sorbus domestica, looks quite like rowan and I am pretty sure there are several planted in the gardens of some old peoples flats near where I live but the wild service tree, sorbus torminalis, is quite different with lobed leaves. I am still looking out for one of these.
Kris on 24/04/09
good luck on your hunt! They are quite rare but I know a few good spots.
I get a lot of people look at these sections of the site. But, as you say people don't like getting it wrong! Its not easy to ID from pics anyway so it's all a bit of fun.
I will hope to put more on soon. Maybe a prize will get some answers flowing?
Sally Heffer on 24/04/09
I got there in the end. After looking at a rowan tree I know it wasn't that so service tree was a bit of a guess. I'm going to look out for one now. I hope a few other people will have a go at a 'test your knowledge' quizzes in the future, they shouldn't be put off if they are not sure and working it out is fun and informative.
Kris on 23/04/09
Well done Sally. It's the wild service tree. Quite a rare tree these days!
Sally Heffer on 21/04/09
I'm going for service tree, but whether it's a 'wild service tree' or a 'true service tree' I'm not sure.
Kris on 21/04/09
I will make the pic larger for you.
Sally, yes, it is one of the Sorbus, I will give you time to have another pop or commit to one you have already said :)
Maybe it's a type of sorbus, rowan (mountain ash) or one of the service trees
Kris on 20/04/09
No, not sweet chestnut, good go though!
Sally Heffer on 19/04/09
I noticed the tiny white spots on the bark, so my next guess is sweet chesnut.
Kris on 19/04/09
It's a good job you play along with these little quizzes, everyone else has wussed out this time.
I'm afraid its not beech, but I can see where you are coming from with that answer.
Did I press the submit button for this one, I'm cooking and had to pop into the kitchen for a minute, anyway I think it's a beech, grey bark, long buds at 45 degree angle from the branch, but the buds look quite fat so I might be wrong.
Grey bark, long buds not in pairs and at a 45 degree angle fron the main branch makes me think this is beech but the buds do look quite fat so I might be wrong.