Does someone know what this tree is?

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Saturday January 2, 2016
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Liverpool
I have this growing uncomfortably close to the kitchen extension and it needs to go. If it is a tree of some form (my mother in law reckons it is an oak tree) I may ask the council if they are interested. Before it is time to remove it would be nice to know what it is. And if I am to pull it is there a best time of year to do so?

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Thanks in advance
 
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Silly Suffolk
Looks like a sycamore to me (acer); most likely the English variety rather than anything exotic. They seed themselves readily by wind-borne sycamore "keys", and can become a bit of a weed.

It's rather tight to the wall, and they can grow big. You can get rid of it any time of the year. If you can't dig or pull it out, then it can be cut down to a stump and a suitable stump killer used.
 
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Satanfriendly
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Liverpool
Excellent replies chaps and most appreciated. I shall ask the council if they are interested first then set about removing it in the next week or so
 
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I concur, 'tis Sycamore (acer pseudoplatanus) I'm fairly certain. It could be a hybrid but I think not. Anyhoo, it is far too close to the house and I wouldn't have such a beastie any closer than 30m to be honest. They are thirsty buggers, consume a hell of a lot of water, grow fairly fast and self seed around like weeds in the aforementioned manner by @Ferrum . Strictly speaking non-native but naturalised throughout the British Isles. They do coppice i.e. will take cutting right down to the ground and more often than not, will resprout readily. As said, if you can't dig it out then cut it flush to the ground and if you don't have stump killer, apply a strong saline solution (just enough water to dissolve a lot of salt) regularly. That should kill its arboreal advances.

As an aside, full sized Sycamore trees make marvellous green carving wood and dry hard like off-white bone before eventually taking on a more wood-like, grained appearance.

Could be worse, could be Japanese Knotweed! :devilish::eek::poop::mad:
 
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I agree with the above, however, no matter what it is it is too close to the building and it is a sure bet that its roots will eventually cause damage to the foundations. It will have to go but take care when removing it.
ATB ...
 
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Yea sycamore. I have one on my fence line at a post. It's been there since I moved in 21 years ago, I keep cutting it down to ground level, gonna have to bite the bullet and dig it out and replant fence post. :cry:
 
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Satanfriendly
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Chaps and all. Thank you very much for all your replies and happy to say I am now desycamored. Cut down to the stump as impossible to dig up the roots then applied some root killer. I just hope all goes well and I don't end up with a new breed of mutant sycamore.

You really are stars
 
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