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Lea7
04-01-2006, 06:57 PM
Two years ago we noticed a tree growing on the side of our house, up through a pile of junk we had neglected against a fence.
We cleared up the junk and allowed the tree to grow and it's growing well, but a neighbor suggested it may be a hackberry and if so we should cut it down.


We live in Austin Texas, never watered this tree yet it thrives.
It has a smooth pale brown trunk similar to our Bradford Pear. It loses it's leaves in winter.
The leaves are similar to a maple or ashmaple (from my internet searching these are the closest pics I could find) - they have a 5 'lobe' type arrangement, although a quick glance gives the impression of the leaves being in a 3 lobed formation, lobing is symetrical. The edges are serrate, veins - a main vein runs the length of the leaf from stalk to tip and other veins are branched from this in a non-symetrical arrangement and run to the edges of the leaf. The veins feel bumpy on the back of the leaf.

The tree has grown very quickly. Have not noticed any flowers or fruit yet.

Will try to post a pic of the leaves and tree soon.

Thanks for any help.
Lea

pwk16
04-07-2006, 08:17 AM
Without a photo of the tree, the leaves, the flowers/fruit it will be impossible to identify.