Tree Identification in Oceanside CA

jortiz40February 14, 2011

Folks,

Just moved in to my home in Oceanside CA, Zone 10. I have this extremely messy tree in my front yard which is currently putting down a white carpet of seed pods on my lawn. It looks extremely mature and the seds pods float everywhere, into our cars and in the house if you open the front door too long.

It has flower pods that are about 3 inches long and furry. I want to chop this bad boy down before it blossoms but would like to see a picture when it is in its full glory. The mess might be worth it. Not sure

Hope somebody can help.

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calistoga_al

Your description is too general for me to visualize your tree. Is there others growing in your neighborhood? Maybe you could include a picture or take a sample of foliage and flower to a local nursery. Al

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 8:08AM
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dak56(9)

Could it be a chitalpa?
http://ucanr.org/sites/scmg/Plant_of_the_Month/Chitalpa_tashkentensis/

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 11:12AM
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Dick_Sonia(Sunset 17)

As an intergeneric hybrid, xChitalpa is sterile. That's one of its great assets -- it doesn't produce seed.

I can't visualize the tree either. There are hundreds of trees with seeds like that...need a picture.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 3:36PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Yes a photo of the tree would help.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 7:34PM
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terrestrial_man(9)

It sounds like Pussy Willow?? Check link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pussy Willow

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 9:01PM
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jortiz40

Finally figured out how do do pics. Thanks for all the help!!!!! Still working on rotating the pictures. Sorry!!!


    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 9:51PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Jortiz40,
I live in Vista. Post a couple of photos of your tree, close up and a perspective photo, and we can help you out.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2011 at 10:25PM
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jortiz40

Anyone care to venture a guess????

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 16, 2011 at 10:15PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Too blurry for these old eyes. Upright catkins and alternate entire simple lvs and striations in bark but no other keys to help and too blurry for ID for this old man.

The BH has same undergrad and suggests the Extension Office should pay someone to surf the web to help...

Dan

    Bookmark   February 16, 2011 at 11:21PM
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stanofh

It looks like a wild or I should say native,willow. It might not even have been planted-just sprouted where it found a wet area one spring.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2011 at 2:44PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

I'd like to guess willow too, but the pic doesn't show stipules that I can see which is my hesitation...

Dan

    Bookmark   February 18, 2011 at 2:07AM
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