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What is this tree and what is the bump on it?

Posted by dekeoboe 7b, NC (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 23, 13 at 20:28

This tree is near our back deck. It is about 50 feet tall. It is hard to get a good picture of it and it's canopy. Hopefully these pictures are enough for an identification. The bump on the truck is about 15 ft from the ground. Any idea what caused the bump?

Tree with bump

Tree with bump

Tree with bump

Tree with bump

Tree with bump

Tree with bump

Tree with bump


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RE: What is this tree and what is the bump on it?

Oooh! Can someone from way, way, out of that zone guess? I'm working from memory of pictures, but is it a Pepperridge? Persimmon maybe? I honestly do not know. How did I do? :-)

As for the bump, that is either a burl, or what's left of a limb that was chopped off a few inches from the trunk, and healed over.

Brad N IL/Z5


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RE: What is this tree and what is the bump on it?

Nyssa sylvaticca - the leaves and unremarkable bark are the biggest clues

I could be wrong, though


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RE: What is this tree and what is the bump on it?

Yep that's a Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvaticca). The Bump is caused by a canker. The tree has closed around the fungus infection or is trying to, so it can prevent spreading.


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RE: What is this tree and what is the bump on it?

Thanks. Two of the three trees I ask for identification on are the same species. It is not a very pretty looking tree, but the squirrels find the bump useful for sitting on and eating nuts.


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