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Help ID tree with thorny trunk

Posted by jdeamer CA (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 14, 13 at 17:05

I'm helping a friend remove or relocate trees that aren't doing well or are inappropriate under his mature oak trees in Los Angeles. A bunch of strange planting choices were made. For instance, I've seen this tree used as a street tree. It looks tropical but I have no idea what it is. I only have a photo of the trunk, which I think is distinctive enough to ID it, I hope. Anyone know what it is? Thanks!


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RE: Help ID tree with thorny trunk

  • Posted by nil13 z21 Mt. Washington L (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 14, 13 at 18:13

pics of leaves and flowers are helpful, but I'm going to guess Ceiba speciosa (Chorisia speciosa) a huge tree.


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Yes it is quite distinctive. I picked the correct genis id from the thread title alone. ;) That tree can get quite large; 30-60'.
The white-flowering C. insignis is also sometimes grown, but it is much less common. Beautiful flowers on both. Some grafted plants have very few thorns on the trunk.


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Yes, a beautiful tree. Move or kill it now. That is far too close to the house, unfortunately.
Renee


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RE: Help ID tree with thorny trunk

Thanks so much everyone. You've been really helpful. I will recommend moving the tree to a better location. Anyone know a good landscaper who moves trees?


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 15, 13 at 21:22

They are not expensive and not rare.

Best just to cut it down and plant a new one, if you want one.


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  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 16, 13 at 21:06

and quite fast growing and good sized even as a cheap 5 gallon size. I'd agree, a new one is probably simpler than trying to move the existing one at that size.


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Is this the tree that makes the big pods that split open and soft white fluff comes out?


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  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Wed, Aug 21, 13 at 14:01

yes, at least it's one of several Ceiba species that have fluffy seed pods, and likely the most commonly planted here in California.


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