What type of tree is this?

CJEbertJuly 15, 2014

I was hoping someone might be able to tell me what kind of tree this is (please see attached picture). I tried to get a picture that gives a good look at the leaves, but if something else is required please let me know.

It, and a few like it, are growing outside of my office building, and I'd like to possibly find methods of propagation so that I could grow one at my home.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Kentucky coffeetree? Hard to tell for sure without a close up pic of leaves and buds. There are many trees with compound leaves.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 4:29PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

not a coffee tree if he's in mi ...

where are you ...

what about mountain ash ... see link ... which isnt an ash.. go figure on that ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 4:37PM
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Zone 5 - most likely candidate is the Kentucky Coffee Tree.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 5:00PM
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Not mountain ash, at least not sorbus aucuparia. Maybe some asian species, but I don't think so

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 5:02PM
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On further examination, I think we've been fooled by the lack of scale in the photo. The OP took a macro shot but without something to gauge the scale making the leaves appear larger than they really are....hence the Kentucky Coffee Tree 'guess'.

The problem was the pinnate and double pinnate leaves on the same branch and the bark doesn't match the KCT. I suspect this is really just an average Honeylocust....bark & leaves (pinnate & bipinnate with no terminal leaf) match well.

You don't need cuttings, just buy one at your local garden center, big box store, etc.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 7:21PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I'm going with Honeylocust, too.

Ken...Gymnocladus dioica

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 7:33PM
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beng(z6 western MD)


    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 8:37AM
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Once again, I appreciate all of your help. I've attached another picture I took from far back, but I'm not sure that helps much. I tried to take a picture that included the leaves and at least a shot of the trunk in the background. I'll have to take closer pictures of the leaves and bark and roots (which are pretty invasive) when i return to my office on Thursday.

To help answer some other questions, I'm in Zone 6 (I think I mistakenly typed 5 before) in Pennsylvania.

I've looked up hoenylocust in the meantime, and that seems to be very similar from some of the pictures I've seen. That might be it.

I'll have more pictures on the way to hopefully help narrow it down. And again...thank you!

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 8:46AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

CJEbert, I don't think that we need anymore pictures.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2014 at 11:15AM
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