Tree ID - mostly dead but coming back

karyn(9)April 14, 2014

I've attached a photo - this tree is all dead leaves and dry brittle branches, but finally showing some signs of new growth - location Florida.

No idea what kind of tree this is - is it going to be OK?

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huggorm

Ash or tree of heaven? Hard to tell for sure

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 1:32PM
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karyn(9)

Here's another photo of one of the sprouting areas - as you can see the tree is practically dead except for these

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 2:23PM
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famartin(z5 NE NV)

Kinda looks like Honey Locust to me... but I'm no Florida tree expert.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 3:53PM
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beng(z6 western MD)

Water locust? Give it time, but looks like alot of damage.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:44AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

we would need a pic of the whole after it has fully leafed out..

and i know nothing about a water locust if that is proper ...

but the fact.. on your last pic showing it budding out.. way back on a large limb .. is a suggestion to me.. not seeing the rest of the limb.. that the rest is probably dead ...

odds are.. its a goner.. as to a shape and form many of us would enjoy ...

and by the time you paid some tree monkey to prune out all the dead stuff ... you may as well pay him to remove it.. and plant another ... and i am not one to spend hard earned money.. trying to 'save' it thru applications of products that will only make boat payments for a tree service ...

all that speculation subject to you showing us the rest of the tree in a few weeks... so we can see how aggressively it is leafing out ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:07PM
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hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)

Whatever it is, I'd yank it out.

Is this a normally deciduous tree?

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:28PM
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smivies

The condition of the tree, the presence of Spanish Moss, the shape of the seed pods, and the leaves suggest a sub-tropical (or tropical) tree from Fabaceae (Pea family). Don't know which one but definitely not Honeylocust or Water locust (seed pods don't match).

What do the flowers look like...have you seen flowers in past years?

Like most places in the continental US, it got a fair bit colder in your region than you are used to and the tree experienced freeze/cold related die back.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 3:37PM
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nel5397

It is a Yellow Poinciana Tree. They take forever to leaf out in the spring.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:08PM
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karyn(9)

Thanks everyone - I don't know the history of the tree - we just moved into this house 6 months ago and it went dead over winter. I never saw flowers on it, but will keep an eye out and see how the new growth does. Strange that the leaves never fell off after they died.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:00PM
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huggorm

"Strange that the leaves never fell off after they died."
Those are not dead leaves, but seed pods

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:16PM
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