Tree seed pod identification

token28001(zone7b NC)August 18, 2008

Can anyone identify the seed pod I was given? Deciduous tree. Zone 7, NC. The picture shows both the seed and the unopened pods. The seeds are very hard and about 1/4" in diameter.

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esh_ga

Can you describe the tree - how tall, what shape leaf, etc.? Would it be a native tree or perhaps a non-native one?

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 9:23PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

I thought it was a saucer magnolia, but I can't seem to find any images of the seed pod. It has large leaves. This tree is about 20' tall with very few limbs. I do not remember seeing the blooms this spring. I do not know if it is native. I have never seen these pods before.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 9:46PM
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philmont_709n2(z6 Ohio)

carolina allspice

    Bookmark   August 18, 2008 at 11:32PM
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esh_ga

Yep, I just opened one of my pods and philmont is exactly right. Calycanthus floridus is the native one, but you may be looking at a cultivar or hybrid.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 9:24AM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

I believe you're right, although the tree these are on have surpassed the 10' height. It's most likely a very old tree given the surrounding plantings.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sweet-shrub

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 9:28AM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

Sorry, left that out.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2008 at 9:29AM
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