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Dec 31, 2019 2:33 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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I have three of these trees that popped up on my property here in SW Florida after Hurricane Irma passed through.

The tallest of the three, the one in the photo, stands about 10 feet tall. They are growing in in the same general shady area, in open, sandy soil.

The mature leaves run ~ 4-6" in length.

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Dec 31, 2019 2:48 PM CST
Name: Stefan
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The leaves are like a monocot's....
Ruscus?
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Dec 31, 2019 4:17 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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It looks like a willow to me.
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Dec 31, 2019 4:30 PM CST
Name: Stefan
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Definitely not a willow. Willows have a clear dicot leaf structure(central vein with pinnate branching secondary veins) and have a jagged edge...
There is a large willow tree near my building, ive also seen other wild varieties. I can tell with absolute certainty this is not one.
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Dec 31, 2019 4:43 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
I think it could be this type of Acacia, or a similar one:

Acacia aulacocarpa
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Dec 31, 2019 4:53 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
I must be doing something wrong - the suggested name was meant to be a link to our PDB.
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Dec 31, 2019 5:35 PM CST
Name: Connie
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Dec 31, 2019 5:41 PM CST
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
Thank you, Connie.
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Dec 31, 2019 5:52 PM CST
Name: Connie
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I tip my hat to you.
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Dec 31, 2019 6:15 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Acacia aulacocarpa looks like a possibility. I'll look into that more.
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Dec 31, 2019 7:01 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Thank you, Ursula! (And everyone else that chimed in.) I believe we may have a winner.

When I think of Acacia, I always expect leaves typical of plants in the bean family. Now I have learned that the "leaves" of Acacia aulacocarpa (and many other Acacias) are not true leaves, but modified leaf petioles (phyllodes) which function as leaves. That explains the linear vein structure resembling a monocot.

Also, I have seen trees in bloom around the Naples area looking very much like Acacia aulacocarpa or Acacia auriculiformis, or something similar.

I can't be sure of exact species, but it doesn't really matter, as both listed are considered invasive in Florida, so whatever I have will be removed.

Thanks again. Good info to have while the trees are still small enough to be easily removed.

I'm marking this thread as solved.

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Dec 31, 2019 7:04 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I wonder if it might be the invasive Earleaf Acacia (Acacia auriculiformis) that is found in South Florida?

http://www.plantatlas.usf.edu/...
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Dec 31, 2019 7:42 PM CST
Name: Ron
Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Thanks, Lin!

I agree A. auriculiformis may be the more likely suspect here in south Florida from what I have been reading.

However, they will not live long enough to bloom for a more positive ID. Green Grin! Big Grin Green Grin!
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