Plant ID forum: Mystery seeds falling

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 25, 2016 10:43 PM CST
It's winter and very windy and these seeds are filling the sky but not from any trees in my yard which are Maple. What are they from?
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 26, 2016 7:04 AM CST
An elm, perhaps?
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Do you have any fields near you? It looks like some sort of grass maybe Indian grass.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 26, 2016 1:57 PM CST
DaisyI said:Do you have any fields near you? It looks like some sort of grass maybe Indian grass.


No fields. I may have just solved it, could it be sycamore or sweet gum seeds? We have those few houses down.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2016 2:37 PM CST
You are right! Its Sycamore. Hurray!
Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 26, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Do you have anything similar to a London Plane tree nearby??
Platanus x acerifolia
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JRsbugs
Feb 26, 2016 4:21 PM CST
It doesn't look like the Sycamore I know, which has pairs of winged seeds.

I think greene's suggestion of Platanus × acerifolia is a good one.

http://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/plants/platanus-aceri...
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Feb 26, 2016 6:56 PM CST
American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) Is what I think it is. There everywhere her in the city of trees. Giants and beautiful. The leaves are huge and a major cleanup issue in the fall. The the seed balls are not well loved.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Feb 26, 2016 7:01 PM CST
Here's a picture for you:
https://www.google.com/search?q=sycamore+tree+seeds&client=t...
Name: Greene
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greene
Feb 26, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Keith, you made a post a while back to say that one of the photos you posted was a hybrid London Plane tree:
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/928827/
Could the falling seeds be from the same tree?
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HamiltonSquare
Feb 26, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Platanus x acerifolia could be what we have here. There difficult to distinguish from one another. The seeds are the same as pictured.
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JRsbugs
Feb 26, 2016 8:33 PM CST
Platanus × acerifolia ...

http://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/sites/plantid7/files/...

Platanus occidentalis ..

http://www.treetopics.com/platanus_occidentalis/sycamore_247...

http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/images/sbml/Platanus_occidental...

The longer 'tail' on the cap of Platanus × acerifolia looks to match best.

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 26, 2016 10:41 PM CST
The tree nearby gets spiky brown balls on it.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 27, 2016 6:02 PM CST
Here is where they came from.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 28, 2016 7:09 AM CST
Absolutely a sycamore!
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: United States of America Winter Sowing Plays in the sandbox Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers Tomato Heads
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keithp2012
Feb 28, 2016 4:57 PM CST
Thanks for the help!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 28, 2016 6:08 PM CST
Keith, the goldfinches here just go ga-ga over the seed balls. It will look like the tree is snowing, there will be so much stuff raining down out of it but if you really look, you can see gobs of goldfinches attacking the balls to glean the seeds out of them.
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