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Need help identifying this tree

Posted by jrc808 none (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 31, 13 at 20:17

HI everyone, first time user here. :)

I was curious if anyone in Hawaii could identify this tree for me. I'd like to plant one in my backyard.

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RE: Need help identifying this tree

This is a Koa tree, can't tell if its a Hawaiian Koa or the foreign Formosa Koa, need to take a closer look at the leaves and blossoms. Hawaiian Koa has very pronounced sickel shaped leaves and paler blossoms than the Formosan blossoms which are bright yellow.

RE: Need help identifying this tree

Actually this is not a koa tree. Although it is a member of the same genus (Acacia) and exhibits the phyllodenous leaf form. This is actually Acacia confusa, invasive to hawaii and native to Southeast Asia.

I am a masters student who studies koa ecology at UH Manoa.

Here is a link that might be useful: Source

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