Mystery Tree - ID, please?

holly_e(8)June 24, 2013

We bought a home a couple moths ago. It has a huge tree in the front yard, and we have not yet been able to identify it. I feel like it's some sort of sumac, but it's pretty darn big. The new growth is coming in bright green, with red at the very tip of the leaves. You can't tell from the photo, but the leaves are very slightly serrated, and mature leaves are about 2" - 2.5" long. I haven't seen any flowers or fruit, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. :) The thing that really throws me is the bark - it's fairly smooth and a reddish-brown color. I am attaching one photo, and I can definitely take more if requested.

The top of the foliage is probably 50 feet tall, and the crown spread is about 60 feet.

Also, this thing is propogating itself all over the yard, and it seems to grow fairly quickly. The previous owners had what I thought were two empty containers in front of the house when we looked at it in February, but now they each have these same trees growing in them. They are easily 7 feet tall, but very leggy.

Thanks in advance for any insight that can be shared! :)

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j0nd03

Osage orange - maclura pomifera? Most have thorns on the branches but not necessarily always. Female trees have large green fruit the size of grapefruits.

A close up of the bark and a twig with leaf shape and arrangement would be most helpful :-)

John

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 3:18PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Looks kinda 'elm-ish' from this distance.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 5:21PM
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esh_ga

But are those compound leaves? Need a close up of the leaves.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:17PM
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j0nd03

Lol I also thought it looked elmish at first and then thought no, it has compound leaves and dismissing both thoughts before making my WAG above lol

We need upclose pics of the leaves and bark!!!

John

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:29PM
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hortster(6a, southcentral KS)

Don't feel bad, folks. Elmish and OO were both my first reactions. Trunk looks very OO. Tree form looks elmish.
hortster

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:48PM
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Tn_Tree_Man(7A)

Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata). Search this guy and see if this isn't your tree.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 9:21PM
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holly_e(8)

Wow, thanks for all the quick responses! Here's a close up of the mature leaves (sorry, only have my iPhone for a camera...). I wanted to take a photo of the new growth, but it's all so high up on the tree that my phone fails to take a decent pic. I am thinking that the Japanese Zelkova may be a strong possibility though - thanks!!

I'll try to get a halfway decent photo of the bark this evening.

This post was edited by holly_e on Tue, Jun 25, 13 at 13:28

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 1:21PM
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huggorm

It does not look like zelkova to me, but more like some kind of willow

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 3:03PM
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kuna

Chinese elm

This post was edited by kuna on Tue, Jun 25, 13 at 16:17

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 4:10PM
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salicaceae(z8b FL)

Definitely 'Drake elm' - Ulmus parvifolia.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 4:13PM
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esh_ga

And not compound leaves after all.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 5:38PM
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holly_e(8)

And the bark. I'm agreeing with Drake / Chinese elm for sure, now that I looked up images of the bark.

Thanks again, everyone!! :)

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 6:23PM
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