Plant ID forum: mystery plant

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Name: Barbara Null
Tyler, Texas (Zone 8a)
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barbaranull33
Jan 26, 2015 8:46 AM CST
I saw this small tree in bloom in late May 2014 near the campus of UTArlington, Arlington, Texas. Can you identify it?
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 26, 2015 10:55 AM CST
It sure is a pretty tree and the leaves look very familiar; it kind of remind me of Rhus but I'm just not sure and will look forward to hearing what it turns out to be.

For comparison:
Winged Sumac (Rhus copallina)
Prairie Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus lanceolata)

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 26, 2015 11:03 AM CST
Well, I guess Winged Sumac isn't right because the flowers on your plant appear to be white and the winged sumac has yellow blooms but the Prairie Flameleaf Sumac (Rhus lanceolata) looks to have white blooms. Here's a couple more links with photos:

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=RHLA3
http://www.bio.utexas.edu/courses/bio406d/images/pics/ana/rh...

I hope others (especially those from that part of Texas) will see this and pop in soon with some suggestions because I'm probably way off! :)
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 26, 2015 9:18 PM CST
To my old eyes it looks like some kind of nut tree.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jan 26, 2015 10:26 PM CST
I agree with Lin, it looks like Sumac. Rhus lanceolate is the closest match I can find.

http://www.phytoimages.siu.edu/imgs/paraman1/r/Anacardiaceae...

wildflowersoftexas.com
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 26, 2015 10:55 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
San Francisco Bay area (Zone 9a)
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Iochroma
Feb 1, 2015 10:10 PM CST
Could also be an ash, for instance Fraxinus ornus.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 2, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I thought of Fraxinus too and F. pennsylvanicus grows in Texas but I couldn't tell from photos that I viewed. There are a few Ash trees that grow in Texas but I didn't find F. ornus listed anywhere. http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/ViewAllTrees.aspx

Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Photos of Fraxinus ornus:
https://www.google.com/search?q=fraxinus+ornus&biw=1193&bih=...
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Feb 3, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is what it reminds me of. Its very invasive here in all of zone nine. Grows very quickly. They have a rather unpleasant odor when cut. Very messy several times a year. Looks great but....I hope my guess is wrong.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 3, 2015 6:33 PM CST
Good eye Leslieray! I hadn't even thought of Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) and I think you may have nailed it and although it's very pretty, it is indeed a very invasive tree.

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Horticulture/Ailanthus_altissim...

https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/ailanthus/altiss...

http://www.invasive.org/browse/subthumb.cfm?sub=3003&start=1

http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/pubs/midatlantic/aial.htm
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Name: Barbara Null
Tyler, Texas (Zone 8a)
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barbaranull33
Feb 12, 2015 10:51 AM CST
Thanx for the replies. I will take this info to the ag agent and see what he thinks and let you all know. Hurray!
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Feb 12, 2015 11:14 AM CST
I would be careful handling it until you know what it is. I believe Sumac has an oil similar to poison ivy that gives some people a rash. ?

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