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Please help identify this tree..

Posted by bloobeari 9b/10a (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 26, 14 at 15:23

Hi. My neighbor has this tree. She said she bought it in Miami at some exotic/tropical nursery. Does anyone know what it is? I've come across it in the past, but neglected to take note of the name, and now I have spent countless hours online trying to identify it, to no avail. We are in central Florida, on the east coast. Thanks for any help.


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Here is another close-up of the leaves


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why did she top it???

i am not familiar with FL stuff..

but liquidamber has those type of star shaped leaves ... but i have no clue if anything in that family grows in FL ...

why did she top it??? how can it be that short.. with that big a trunk?????

ken


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Hi Ken,

Actually, it is not topped. The trunk is kinda fat and then it tapers. The photo shows it a bit better. The trunk is about 20 ft high. I will look up liquidamber to see which zones it grows in. Thanks for the suggestion...


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I'm pretty sure that's a Baobab tree. I've never seen one in person but the leaves and the trunk shape match what I saw on google.


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I have a liquidamber and the leaves are more maple-star shaped rather than oleander-star shaped like your tree. Is there any root flare at all at the base? Hard to tell with the sideways picture.


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Hi jbraun,

It might be in the same family but I know it's not a boabab only because my family actually has those in pots here in Florida (we're from South Africa and we like our boababs :-) ). You know how boababs are also called the upside down tree because the foilage looks like roots. But the leaves are a little fatter and there aren't branches all along the trunk. But there is a similarity so I can see why you'd guess that. Thanks for trying to help out.

I remember when I came across it one time it only gave the latin name. I'm pretty good remembering common names but the latin didn't stick :-(


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Hi ghostlyvision,

I didn't see any rootflare ( I'm assuming root flare refers to when the trunk diameter increases at the bottom of the tree. Is that correct?). This tree sticks straight up. Very unusual.


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I think I figured it out. It's a Brachychiton rupestris, also called an Australian Bottle Tree. I still need to confirm but it sure looks like it. Thanks to everyone trying to help out.


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Oh wow, I guess there wouldn't be a traditional root flare on that tree. The google image pics are really something, what a cool-looking tree!


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