Plant ID forum: Tung Tree (Vernicia fordii)

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Name: Sally
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Sossman
Mar 12, 2012 6:05 PM CST
A Florida friend asked me if I could help her id a tree that she saw while walking in the woods. I am attaching a couple of pictures. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. Smiling



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flaflwrgrl
Mar 12, 2012 6:29 PM CST
Looks like it is a hibiscus ~~~ grown into a tree form & quite old.
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rcn48
Mar 12, 2012 6:40 PM CST
Sally, first glance I was thinking Xanthoceras sorbifolium (Yellowhorn) but the foliage in the 2nd photo definitely doesn't fit. Is it possible that the leaves showing are from a smaller shrub growing up through the tree? Confused
Name: Sally
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Sossman
Mar 12, 2012 6:44 PM CST
could be, but the hibiscus usually has a long stamen, and this flower does not appear to have that.
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Sossman
Mar 12, 2012 6:45 PM CST
You know, now that I look a lot closer at the photo, it does look like the leaves AND the flowers are coming from a vine that is climbing in and around the tree. Any ideas now??? Hilarious!
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Sossman
Mar 12, 2012 7:05 PM CST
OK, she says that there was no vine growing around the tree, that the leaves and flowers shown grew directly on the tree. She said most of the flowers and leaves were too high on the tree for them to reach so she picked up the blossoms off the ground. Ideas???? Smiling
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dave
Mar 12, 2012 7:12 PM CST

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Could it be an almond?
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Sharon
Mar 13, 2012 12:09 AM CST
Looks like a flowering almond tree to me, too.
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soilsandup
Mar 13, 2012 10:55 AM CST
I don't think almond blossoms are that big??
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JRsbugs
Mar 13, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Vernicia fordii ..

http://www.southeasternflora.com/view_flora.asp?plantid=2

Known as Tung Oil Tree ..

http://www.floridanature.org/species.asp?species=Vernicia_fo...
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valleylynn
Mar 13, 2012 12:54 PM CST
Hurray! Another great ID Janet. Thumbs up
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Sharon
Mar 13, 2012 12:54 PM CST
Yes!
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kqcrna
Mar 13, 2012 1:05 PM CST
How does she do that???????

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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2012 1:06 PM CST
I agree, Tung Tree, Tung Oil Tree: http://www.floridata.com/ref/a/aleu_for.cfm
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valleylynn
Mar 13, 2012 1:41 PM CST
She has the GIFT Lovey dubby
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plantladylin
Mar 13, 2012 1:45 PM CST
I agree! Lovey dubby Janet is wonderful at identifying plants of all kinds!! We'd be lost without her!
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kqcrna
Mar 13, 2012 1:48 PM CST
Janet, you never cease to amaze me!

You must have a doctorate in biology? and if so, what branch? You know bugs and plants both!

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JRsbugs
Mar 13, 2012 2:02 PM CST
kqcrna said:Janet, you never cease to amaze me!

You must have a doctorate in biology? and if so, what branch? You know bugs and plants both!

Karen


None of those, just a knack for searching. Or... the... GIFT! Rolling on the floor laughing

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kqcrna
Mar 13, 2012 2:40 PM CST
Hilarious! You are amazing.

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chelle
Mar 13, 2012 2:42 PM CST
Awesome, Janet! Hurray!



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