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    sagdog
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    Tree Id Please!

    This tree has been in my backyard for years, and it's never produced these pods before, in fact I never gave it much thought, I just watered and pruned it when it got close to the window. The Pods started out a bright green, and when the summer got warmer they turned to the dark brown that you can see in the picture. Can anyone identify it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you can also help with my other post I'd really appreciate it!

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    Sapling
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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    Those are large pods! It's got to be either a Honey Locust, Black Locust, or Kentucky Coffee Tree.

    Where are you located?

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    sagdog
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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    Thanks for the help!!!! I am in Spring Valley, CA a town east of San Diego, how do I tell if it's a Black Locust,Honey Locust, or Kentucky Coffee tree. Are any of these edible, usable in anyway?

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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    Black locust - only has pinnately leaves and small pods for fruit
    Honey Locust - has bi-pinnately leaves at the end and long twisted fruit pods (normally)
    Kentucky Cofee - has huge bi-pinnately leaves and a wierd huge fruit pod that is dintinguishable from the others.

    I read that the colonist used the seeds in the kentucky coffe tree to make coffee when they boycotted the british tea. But I also read that they are toxic soo... ?? :P

    Oh yeah. some honey locust dont have thorns (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis) but the straight species (not the variety) is normall loaded with big thorns, and they are sparatic. On a black locust the thorns are normally 2 at each node when the tree is young. hope this helped.

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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    I have one of these trees in my sideyard. According to the tag, it is a Albizia Julibrissin, also known as a Persian Silk Tree. It is a shade tree that grows to 40 feet, thrives in heat.

    Hope this helps.

    j

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    Re: RE: Tree Id Please!

    Quote Originally Posted by sagdog
    Thanks for the help!!!! I am in Spring Valley, CA a town east of San Diego, how do I tell if it's a Black Locust,Honey Locust, or Kentucky Coffee tree. Are any of these edible, usable in anyway?
    It's probably none of those, (there's many trees that have similar leaves and seed pods) but each of these including the mimosa/silk tree mentioned in the most recent reply all have different flowers and sometimes flower at different times of the year. So if you can take a picture of the flowers, then we can narrow it down.

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    Oak
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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    The leaves look like mimosa, but not the pods. At least not the kind of mimosa I have. What color are the flowers? Mine are pink, but I've heard there is a weird yellow variety with different pods.

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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    I would almost guarantee that is some Acacia native to that area.

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    Oak
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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    It will take knowing how the flowers look to differentiate this one, I bet... 'Leguminous' trees/species are really hard to tell apart without the floral aspect...

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    RE: Tree Id Please!

    I thought black locust catkins were smaller and more papery than leathery. You can tell if it's a honeylocust because it should have a bunch of thorns growing from the trunk.

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