Tree IDs #5: First mystery tree - help me ID it!

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 03-06-2009 12:43 AM 1576 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Silver Birch (Betula pendula) Part 5 of Tree IDs series Part 6: First mystery tree followup - Orchid Tree (Bauhinia variegata) »

Status: SOLVED

We arrive finally at the trees I don’t know, though there may be a few more I do in later posts in this series. This one seems an ornamental, and it lines some streets in my area. It has very long alternate compound leaves (2’ or more), and the leaflets split in two at their tip, looking like 2 leaves welded into one. This past week or two a few have begun to bloom in large pink flowers. My pics are from several specimens lining a local street.

mystery tree

mystery tree flower

mystery tree's alternate compound leaves

mystery tree - another specimen

mystery tree bark

mystery tree bark closeup

mystery tree leaf closeup

mystery tree bark closeup, showing splitting

If we solve it, I’ll research it and do a follow-up post with more info. Thanks for any help!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 03-06-2009 12:49 AM

Hi i think i got the answer, I belive this tree is know as the split two leaf smooth bark pretty flower tree from CA.
I bet this is it only seen it once before.

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#2 posted 03-06-2009 03:00 AM

Suderbia ugglhia chepeepa I think they are called. Cut one down and lets see the grain.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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Gary Fixler

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#3 posted 03-06-2009 09:10 AM

Doug and Jacques – I wish it was called either of those things. HA!

Rob – Amazing work. Looks like you deserve that handle after all! Now I have some researching to do to learn all about it. Thanks!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 03-06-2009 04:40 PM

yes. Thanks gary and rob. this could be fun.

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