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What tree is this?
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Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-09-2002 at 19:43:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll be 41 this year and have never seen this tree before. My uncle is 68 and he hasn't either. It's next to his water hole. Anybody know? There is another picture in the gallery with a different view.

Thanks!


Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-11-2002 at 06:36:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I can't remember what it is called, but it is the cover picture of a paper back book (Roadside Trees and Plants of Okla.) avail. from the University of Oklahoma Press. We no longer have the book but we got our copy from Walden Books in a shopping mall in Okla. City.


Alvin-Va    Posted 05-10-2002 at 15:05:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nathan,danged iffn I know,But I gots a coupla more questions.
How many of these pods,seeds or whatever we're calling them are on the tree?
Are we sure the things inside are seeds?
Don't think I have ever seen a seed growing around a stem like this one seems to be doing.
I have seen something similar on oaks(don't remember which kind)The old timers called them 'Galls.' Do they develop a hard browmish shell later or just shed the seeds?
Whatever I'm talking about,we always thought were caused by a fungus or disease.
Just a thought,got my curiousity up tho.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-10-2002 at 15:19:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Alvin, My Mama was thinking the same thing. I got one of the things here at the house, but haven't broke it open yet. My uncle said it was full of little seeds. The fuzzy part reminds me of dandelions, except it's in a ball. I'm guessing there is maybe 15-20 on the tree and the tree is about 20 ft. Don't know about what happens later on. My uncle just noticed the balls this spring.

Thanks!


Keith    Posted 05-10-2002 at 12:57:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you find out what it is please post to the board.
I can only say that it most closely resembles a white oak.


Redneck    Posted 05-10-2002 at 12:27:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have a way that I can privately get in touch,I know a man that can ID it.Just don't want to post his name and # on web.Hope we can help.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-10-2002 at 15:21:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Redneck, will my email do for you or you need a phone number? Here's the email; jennate@washemc.net

Thanks!


Redneck    Posted 05-10-2002 at 18:22:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sent you the e-mail,hope it helps!


MikeH-Tx    Posted 05-10-2002 at 07:10:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nathan, I have identified all the trees on my property and am familiar with tree books and id keys. So, I took your challenge and promptly failed. You have a wierdy that is not in any of my three US tree books (rest are Tx only).

If you want to do some research, here is what I observe from the pics:

Leaves are 5-foliate, palmately compound and (probably) alternate, hard to tell. That narrows down to only two trees in my books and it is neither. However, one of the trees is a button bush and says there are seven varieties of small trees. It only describes the most common, which I am familiar with. The seed cluster does remind me of a button bush, but it looks nothing like our variety. That seed cluster is distinctive enough that if you get on the right page the match should be obvious.

Sorry, I couldn't answer the question, but maybe you can find some id keys for the Georgia area and see what fits the leaf pattern.

Good luck,

Mike


WallSal55    Posted 05-10-2002 at 11:50:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did you try www.bugwood.com? Links to North
American Trees, etc.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-10-2002 at 09:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the effort Mike and others. I haven't been able to do any good in books or internet sites. I may call the extension agent next week just for curiosity, but if it don't moo, he don't know much!

It is interesting that the fur balls have the branch going through the middle, instead of attached on the side. The leaves seem to have a pattern in that there is 3 branches of leaves together on a limb equally opposing each other. Then up a few inches on the limb the leaf branches alternate, then back to the 3.

The bark is similar to an oak. It's kinda slick from a foot or so on up, but textured like an oak at the bottom.


Les...fortunate    Posted 05-10-2002 at 05:55:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Those leaves look like white oak leaves but I'm no expert on them because they don't grow around my place. Down south, you guys have all kinds of oaks that we don't have up here, both in the red/black oak family and the white oak family (rounded leaf lobes like in your picture). Oh yeah, almost forgot the "live" oak family, too.
I wish you would back up 6 or 10 feet and take another picture. That might help.


Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-10-2002 at 06:21:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les and others, I have about 8 pictures, one of which is like you want. It's mixed in with other trees in the background, but I'll post it in the gallery shortly. My uncle says the fuzzy balls are full of seeds.

I almost pushed this tree up when digging his water hole. But, I liked the leaves and shape of the tree, so I left it. I thought it was some type oak too. That was 2 years ago.

I've looked at several tree sites online and a couple of books and yet to come up with an answer.


Salmoneye    Posted 05-10-2002 at 04:52:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Darned if I know...

You can try and find it at the link below...



jiM    Posted 05-10-2002 at 03:36:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Might be a white Oak. I'm in SC and have noticed a few along with that strange bloom.


PCC-AL    Posted 05-10-2002 at 03:36:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Nathan,
I have seen that tree on my place down by the creek some years ago. I have some books on southern trees and I will try to identify it. Let you know if I find anything.


Larry    Posted 05-09-2002 at 22:46:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm just guessing here,but could it be a Hackleberry(sp)?


DeadCarp    Posted 05-09-2002 at 20:32:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not that good with trees but those flyaway seeds have me leaning toward either a mimosa (little shade tree) or cottonwood (big shade tree). Or a runaway Bird of Paradise (Red stamens on Desert, yellow on Mexican) but they bloom repeatedly & don't like much water.


WallSal55    Posted 05-09-2002 at 19:52:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
The leaves remind me of the Oak family.


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