Joined: Sun Jun 08, 2003 9:03 am Posts: 2 Location: Euless, Texas
I have a favorite tree in my front yard that is old and dying. No one has been able to identify it. I have asked three people; 1. a landscape architect 2. My sister's mother inlaw that works for BRIT 3. The home depot landscape store's tree expert
Two possibilities are Mesquite or Acacia. The problem is that the tree does not flower, has no visible seeds, and does not have thorns.
The tree itself is about 25' tall and probably as wide until we lost a major branch in a storm recently. The leaves are compound. Each stem has about 8 oblongish smooth edged leaves bilaterally and symetrically on them. They are a rich green color on one side and a lighter green on the other.
The bark is knarled and twisted. It is also multi colored. (Darker and lighter areas)
This tree weeps when it is very hot. It's new growth each spring has been at least twelve inches.
I can not see any roots.
A common description is that it looks like a giant bonsai tree.
I have three baby's coming up and each of them DO HAVE thorns.
This lends credibility to the possibility of it being mesquite but then the question is, why does the mature tree not have thorns?
I would love to keep the babys to put around my yard because the tree has so much character but if I can not find a way to make them grow thornless like the exisiting tree I will not be able to.
Thank you for any advice or help that you can give!
Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2003 8:38 am Posts: 784 Location: ,
Any possibility you have some pictures of the tree and/or the leaves?
It does sound like a Mequite or a variant thereof. I'll have to look into it. There's always the possibility this is the same kind of difference as you'd see in other trees where the male type has one feature, the female has another, like Cottonwoods, Mulberries, and Sweetgums.
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