Plant ID forum: Tree ID

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drummd01
Jul 12, 2017 11:49 AM CST
Just moved into a new house in NE Florida and after researching everything I can think of, I can't seem to identify one tree in my backyard. It might be easier to ID after it flowers in the spring. It has 3 large green pear-shaped fruits near the top. Help is appreciated!

Thanks!

David
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Yorkshirelass
Jul 12, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Hello, David,

Difficult to say, but could it be a quince? (Cydonia oblonga)
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plantladylin
Jul 12, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Reminds me of Citrus, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime ... some have wicked thorns!
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 12, 2017 2:16 PM CST
HI and welcome, David. Yes, I'd guess a citrus too, and from the size of those fruit, maybe pummelo? Grapefruit have a distinctive shape to the leaves so probably not that.

Do go ahead and cut off those thorny little suckers (yes, they really are called that Big Grin ) because they most likely will not be the same as the tree, but whatever the root stock is, a sour (inedible) orange of some sort.
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plantmanager
Jul 12, 2017 2:57 PM CST
I was going to guess it's a pomelo, too. Look up pics and they look much the same.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 12, 2017 3:19 PM CST
Hm, I enlarged the photo of your fruits, and it looks like your tree may have the extra lobe on the leaf structure like a grapefruit. So it could be either a pummelo or a grapefruit. Here's a picture of the leaves from our database.


See how each leaf has sort of an extra small leaf on the same stem in line with the big one? If yours are like that, it's either grapefruit or pummelo (also spelled pomelo or pumello).
Elaine

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drummd01
Jul 12, 2017 3:42 PM CST
Yes!! It must be a pomelo! The leaves look just like the ones that were posted. I figured it would be a defining characteristic but didn't know how to search that. Many of you would laugh if you could see my search history while trying to figure this out, haha! Thank you so much!!
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Kevalsha
Jul 13, 2017 4:38 PM CST
It's a grapefruit tree.
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