Plant ID forum: Tree ID needed

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Apr 8, 2014 1:58 PM CST
I photographed this tree/shrub in East Texas yesterday. Anyone recognize it?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2014 2:22 PM CST
Could it be Forestiera pubescens? https://www.google.com/search?q=forestiera+pubescens&tbm=isc...

Just a wild guess on my part because I'm really not good at comparing photo's.
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Apr 8, 2014 5:53 PM CST
Very close, but not it. Forestiera has opposite leaves and this one has alternate.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Apr 8, 2014 6:01 PM CST
The foliage looks like Persea Americana ..

http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/orchard-trees-of...

That takes me to the family Lauraceae. Scroll to the photos at the bottom, look at Lindera megaphylla which is close, not sure about the flowers though.

http://luirig.altervista.org/floranam/lindera.htm

http://luirig.altervista.org/naturaitaliana/viewpics.php?tit...
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Apr 8, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Lindera megaphylla is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)The plant is not self-fertile.


http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Lindera+megaph...

Could the sex of the tree be the difference in flowers?
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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JRsbugs
Apr 9, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Symplocos tinctoria ..

http://www.jeffpippen.com/plants/symplocos.htm

http://www.ag.auburn.edu/hort/landscape/dbpages/388.html
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 9, 2014 1:28 PM CST
Symplocos tinctoria sure looks right! Thumbs up

Does it smell and taste sweet, Jay? Wonderful wildlife plant!
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Apr 9, 2014 7:42 PM CST
I didn't notice any smell and I sure as heck didn't taste a plant that I had not identified. But I believe that ID is correct. Thanks Janet.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Apr 10, 2014 3:14 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.

It is an attractive tree, one you might not expect to be so hardy! Great for wildlife too.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Apr 10, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Oh, so glad you got an exact ID on that lovely tree ... cute common name "Sweet Horsesugar"! Thumbs up

Here's the link to it in our database: Sweetleaf (Symplocos tinctoria)
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