Plant ID forum: "Wild" Fruit Tree

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dantheman
Dec 2, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Tree was found in a forested section of southern New Jersey, NOT in the pinelands however. Leaves remind me of Persimmons, but the fruit's skin has a rough texture.

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Paul2032
Dec 2, 2017 1:10 PM CST
My guess is that it is an Osage Orange. Welcome to NGA.
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Silversurfer
Dec 2, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Juglans nigra...black walnut.

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DaisyI
Dec 2, 2017 4:13 PM CST
If you can, go back and crumple a leaf in your fingers. Black walnuts smell distinctive and will leave your fingers black while osage oranges will smell slightly citrus. Also, black walnuts have a compound leaf with a serrated leaf edge while osage oranges have a simple leaf with a smooth leaf edge and alternate leaves.

More likely a black walnut but the best way to tell is break a fruit open and see what's inside.

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plantladylin
Dec 2, 2017 4:48 PM CST
I think I'm seeing two different types of leaves in the photo but my eyesight isn't the greatest. For comparison, here are photos of fruit and leaves for both Black Walnut and Osage Orange:



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porkpal
Dec 2, 2017 6:54 PM CST
Also: how big are the fruit?
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Silversurfer
Dec 3, 2017 4:33 AM CST
By far the easiest way to tell is as Daisyl suggests...look at the fruits.
Check on the ground for fallen ones.

Maclura pomifera ..Osage Orange.look like this inside.

https://www.google.co.uk/searc...

Juglans nigra when opened have a nut inside.

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For a lay person they may not know what a compound leaf is.
This image shows a single compound leaf of Juglans nigra.

http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dend...

Whilst this is a single leaf of Maclura pomifera...note..are thick, firm, dark green, shining!

http://woodyplants.wdfiles.com...
Gloucester Township, NJ
dantheman
Dec 3, 2017 12:58 PM CST
Thank you all for the replies. Unfortunately, I took the photo a few months ago so the fruit are no longer on the tree. I will check again next year and try to acquire a fruit for closer examination (these were out of my reach). Knowing the area, and thanks to the great suggestions here, I believe that black walnut is the most likely candidate as I am 99% certain that the compound leaves in the photo are part of the tree containing the fruit.

Thanks again.
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greene
Dec 3, 2017 1:45 PM CST
The Osage Orange fruits I have encountered have very lumpy skin. This photo looks more like Black Walnut.
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 3, 2017 2:11 PM CST
It is interesting the differences in what we see. To me the skin looked lumpy which made me think Osage Orange. But I agree it could well be a black Walnut.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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