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    GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    I don't think this is a Kentucky Coffee tree but it was the closest I could find. It is growing in the back of my workplace near a creek. I put my hand in photos so you can get a sense of scale. Not cause I have pretty hands. These leaves are quite small and get smaller going to the back.
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    Trees are individuals too.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    It a type of Elm might be a Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia)

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    I looked at some images of Chinese Elm leaves on google and they look the same. Good call. It also said the following "and is showing signs of becoming highly invasive, at least in waste areas." which is where it is in an industrial area bordering a creek that mostly passes waste water.
    Trees are individuals too.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    I'm not entirely sure about this being a chinese elm.
    Can you post some close ups of the bark. Please take them with sun pointing on the tree.

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    Here are some close ups of the bark.
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    Trees are individuals too.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    The leaves look just like a Chinese elm.

    Do you see any younger bark higher up or on a branch that looks like camouflage or flakes like below.
    Chinese elm younger bark and also leaves:







    Also do you see any wings on any of the the twigs if so you would have a Winged Elm but when I saw your leaves it did not look like a Winged Elm.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    Yes, this is definitely the tree. Your top picture looks exactly like the bark higher up on the tree. A Chinese Elm it is. BTW I would like to thank you all for taking the time to educate me and others in tree identification. I will be posting more stuff as I run into them and unable to id them. Your knowledge is greatly appreciated and admired by me. Thanks.
    Trees are individuals too.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    Yep, that would be a Chinese elm then, I glad you figured it out.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    Hmmm. I guess they really are invasive then.

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    RE: GA Tree ID Kentucky Coffee?

    It has escaped intended plantings to invade native plant communities. The aggressive root system absorbs water, nutrient, and space. It has been reported invasive in DC, NC, NE, NJ, VA, and WI.
    In North Carolina it has been abundantly planted in recent years and is showing signs of becoming highly invasive, at least in waste areas. It is a frequent escape from cultivation in the Durham area.

    http://www.galvbayinvasives.org/Guid...lmusParvifolia
    http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ULPA

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