Trees with Fruit

jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)June 29, 2013

My neighbor has several trees that are 50 to 60 feet tall. Trunks are mostly 12 to 14 inches across and the bark is deeply cut as shown. The alternate leaves are 3 to 4 inches wide, 4 to 6 inches long, light green underneath, dark green and very glossy above, with tapered bases, mostly acuminate tips, and sometimes sharp points on shoulders. Fruits are about 0.5 inch long by 0.25 inch wide, and usually in pairs on pedicels about 1 inch long. There is a very hard layer underneath those fruits, and they are said to turn a dark bluish in the fall. The squirrels are fans of the fruit.

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Nyssa ?

Here is a link that might be useful: Nysssa fruit

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 4:42PM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Looks like you got it carol - probably Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum). Thanks for the help.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 5:42PM
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