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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 06-20-2016 01:42 PM 588 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blackie_

4531 posts in 1974 days


06-20-2016 01:42 PM

Hi all, I was hoping someone could help me identify a tree, I’ve been thinking and calling it a Catalpa tree for a very long time but I’d been doubting myself as of lately and decided to google the Catalpa tree and the leaves on the Catalpa tree seem to be larger in the google photo images. I’m in Central Texas and this tree is in several yards through out my neighborhood and through out Austin, but according to google it’s very few growing here in Texas. It has some of the characteristics of a Catalpa with the tattle tells, seasonal white blooms and green looking berries that pop out on it. Am I right, is it a Catalpa?

Here are pictures of the tree.

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Randy_ATX

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#1 posted 06-20-2016 01:51 PM

Randy – I don’t think it is Catalpa. Catalpa have long bean pods on them.
Looks like it could be Carolina Basswood.
http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/TreeDetails/?id=123

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 06-20-2016 01:57 PM

Hey Randy

I’m with you on it not being a catalpa reason I posted it here, but the basswood has sharp jagged edges on the outside of the leaves in which the tree I posted has smooth edges on the leaves.

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Randy_ATX

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#3 posted 06-20-2016 02:01 PM

Here is a good step-by-step guide to ID by leaf:
http://texastreeid.tamu.edu/content/idByLeaf/index.aspx?q=2&keyId=8

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 02:04 PM

You put me on the right path though, I found the Chinese tallow and I think that’s what it is. It’s an invasive tree.

http://texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symbol=TRSE6

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Randy_ATX

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#5 posted 06-20-2016 02:06 PM

That does look correct. Better cut it down and mill it. ;-)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 06-20-2016 02:08 PM

My neighbors might not take to kind to me cutting their tree down LOL

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bosum3919

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#7 posted 06-20-2016 02:22 PM

Randy, this is a Chinese tallow. No question about it. Very invasive. Birds eat the berries and deposit fertilized seeds and very soon everyone has them. Roundup is the best fertilizer you can use on them. If you want a catalpa, I can send you some seeds from mine. And yes, they come in long pods.

-- Bob

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Mike_D_S

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#8 posted 06-20-2016 02:31 PM

Well, no guarantee, but the leaf looks a lot like Tallow. The link below shows an example.

Tallow tree

Mike

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 06-20-2016 03:04 PM

Hey Bob, thanks I’m going to pass on the offer, I have no more room in my yard for another tree. Thanks again though.

I’m going to go ahead and say this is a Tallow as well.

Thanks again.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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HerbC

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#10 posted 06-20-2016 03:13 PM

Yes, that’s a Chinese Tallow Tree, also known as a Popcorn Tree.

They are very invasive and very hard to get rid of once they’ve become established.

Herb

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 06-20-2016 04:50 PM

Well it looks like you have your answer..The good news is you can make fuel oil from the seeds! Being soft as it says might make it good carving wood!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Roger

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#12 posted 06-20-2016 11:25 PM

Looks a lot like a Palonia/Royal Empress tree. I don’t know what king of lumber that would come from it.

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oldwood

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#13 posted 06-21-2016 02:26 AM

Yes on the popcorn/tallow. And it is super invasive but ii is a good woodworking tree. Tight grain, carves well and takes dye great and finishes very well.

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 06-21-2016 02:50 AM

Roger, it does look something like your tree as well, I’m going to stick with the tallow though.

Thanks all.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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WDHLT15

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#15 posted 06-21-2016 11:38 AM

It is definitely chinese tallow. A scourge. Out-competes the native trees in the wetlands and bottomlands.

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