Plant ID forum: Found in both Oregon and northern California

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 1, 2017 9:13 PM CST
Just back from a road trip and saw lots of these growing in fields and such. I'm sure they are something quite common to the area and would like to know what they are. Many had balls of some sort of symbiotic plant (?) growing in them as well, mistletoe? Or is that part of the tree itself? Thanks.

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DaisyI
Apr 1, 2017 9:24 PM CST
That's a lot of moss growing in those trees. Hard to tell what they are without leaves and a closer view. The shape reminds me of Oak trees.
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ctcarol
Apr 2, 2017 4:42 PM CST
That appears to be an abandoned orchard, so I'm guessing some kind of fruit, or possibly almond trees.
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Bonehead
Apr 2, 2017 5:54 PM CST
I think it may be some native tree -- we were finding these all over in the valleys of Oregon and California, always with lots of moss hanging off them and often with large balls of something in the upper branches. They didn't appear to be planted in any pattern, but rather were just randomly in the fields. I realize it's hard without any leaves.
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Calif_Sue
Apr 2, 2017 6:40 PM CST

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Balls are most likely mistletoe. I don't know trees very well so of no help there, I would think leaves are needed to really ID them.
The moss could be Ramalina menziesii.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 2, 2017 6:58 PM CST
I thought the balls might be mistletoe, thanks. Wondering if perhaps the trees are Garry oak? They seemed to be about 20' tall at maturity. No leaves when we were passing through, so tough to tell.
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