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Name: Sunnie
Dade City, FL (Zone 9b)
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SunnieOne
Aug 23, 2014 9:22 AM CST
I just moved from California to Florida and need help identifying a couple of trees that are in my backyard. The first one is this huge tree that has shiny glossy leaves and looks to have some type of fruit/nut?
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Name: Sunnie
Dade City, FL (Zone 9b)
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SunnieOne
Aug 23, 2014 9:27 AM CST
here is a closeup of the leaves
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and this is what is growing on it
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Name: Sunnie
Dade City, FL (Zone 9b)
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SunnieOne
Aug 23, 2014 9:39 AM CST
other tree needing identification.. this one is about 4 1/2 ft tall.. trunk looks a bit fuzzy and the leaves are thick and scaly like

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closeup of leaves

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 23, 2014 12:34 PM CST
Hi Sunnie, and welcome to Florida, also to ATP.

The first tree is a Ficus benjamina (yes that one people have indoors as houseplants gets that big here!) They are pretty but not considered a good landscape tree, weak trunks, shallow roots and considered invasive, so if you find seedlings under it, do pull them up or mow 'em down. If we get a big wind storm, don't be surprised if a lot of that tree breaks, and/or it uproots itself. If you have the means and money to have it thinned, a good practice for all trees here in FL is to thin the tree's canopy so you can see lots of sky through the leaves. That way the wind can pass through the tree instead of hitting it like a big sail and knocking it over.

Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

The second tree I'm pretty sure is a Loquat which if you encourage it (a little fertilizer in early spring and early fall, regular water) will make a lovely small evergreen tree about maximum 18ft. They bloom and bear fruit twice a year, in spring and fall. The fruit is delicious but not large, and the birds and squirrels love it. A small yellow/gold drupe with two large seeds inside. But if you're into making preserves, or freezing, drying or otherwise preserving fruit it is very nice fruit.

Here's the entry in our database for the Loquat, with a nice picture of the fruit. Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)
Elaine

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 23, 2014 2:44 PM CST
I agree on the ID's.
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Name: Sunnie
Dade City, FL (Zone 9b)
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SunnieOne
Aug 25, 2014 3:56 PM CST
Thank you BOTH so much! Hope I learn my way around this website soon, it looks to be a real wealth of information
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 25, 2014 4:44 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 25, 2014 5:15 PM CST
#1 looks a bit like be Sugar Hackberry (Celtis laevigata) to me; a closer view of the bark might tell for certain and I agree, #2 is Loquat!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 25, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Hm, you're right Lin. The fruit looks a lot like Sugarberry, but I didn't think the leaves on the Sugarberry are nearly so shiny, are they?
Elaine

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Name: Sunnie
Dade City, FL (Zone 9b)
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SunnieOne
Aug 25, 2014 9:12 PM CST
ok.. after seeing this last post about the sugarberry, I also think that is what it is.. I searched the links and they look like the sugarberry. I will get a closeup of the tree bark tomorrow.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 26, 2014 5:58 AM CST
Sugarberry was just a guess on my part ... a closer photo of the tree might help; it just looked like Sugarberry from the distance to my old eyes. LOL, I don't even know if it grows in the Dade City area. Green Grin!
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Name: Sunnie
Dade City, FL (Zone 9b)
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SunnieOne
Aug 26, 2014 1:39 PM CST
here are pictures of the tree trunk

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Aug 26, 2014 1:44 PM CST
hmm, that doesn't look like the bark of Celtis (Sugarberry) or the Ficus benjamina to me. Now I'm thinking Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum camphora)
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 26, 2014 1:56 PM CST
That does not look like either a ficus or a sugarberry trunk. Check out the fruits too, they look different than yours on both trees. The leaves on a sugarberry are not as shiny either.

See sugarberry here:
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CELA
" Its smooth, pale bark is marked with lighter, corky patches" and it's deciduous. Is your tree deciduous?

As far as ficus, it's not reputed to live as far north as you are.
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sh...
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 26, 2014 1:57 PM CST
[quote="plantladylin"]hmm, that doesn't look like the bark of Celtis (Sugarberry) or the Ficus benjamina to me. Now I'm thinking Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum camphora)

I think Lin nailed it. Go smell the leaves, crush them or crease them, you will know if it's Camphor tree.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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