Tree ID help

corkball(4)October 8, 2013

I thought I had a bead on all the trees around here, but came across two today I couldn't identify. I am in zone 4 in Minnesota.

tree 1: young tree, so no identifying characteristics. Bark was smooth and gray, and most leaves were gone. Shot is of a leaf, seed pods, and a seed removed from the pod.

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tree 2: older, but not very large. Form and branches looked a bit like a craggy fruit tree. Several broken branches - clearly this tree doesn't get big around here. Leaves and seeds remind me a lot of lilac, but the tree form wasn't zig-zaggy like a lilac shrub. Maybe there is such a thing as a lilac tree? Seeds were in large bunches.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 10:31PM
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IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.

Tree two looks like a Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk': 'Ivory Silk' Japanese Tree Lilac

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 12:39AM
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I'll buy that! Thanks ians!

The clusters of fruit and the upright structure seem to match, and it looks to be hardy here. I wonder why I haven't seen more of them...

Anyone know what tree #1 is?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 8:17AM
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First pic might be Yellowwood, Cladrastis kentukea or its asian relative Maackia amurensis. Those have compound leafs but their leaflets looks like your leaf. Seedpods are also more or less a match.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 10:18AM
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Hard to tell for sure, but looking at photos of both, it looks like yellowwood is more likely. Sounds like it is barely cold tolerant enough for here, but I will try and plant it - thanks Huggorm!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 3:49PM
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