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Dwillems 08-19-2012 05:04 PM

anyone know what this is?
 
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I'm located in northern California, zone 9. When we moved in there was a dead tree here and I cut it down, you can still see the small stump. I believe it was an olive tree. I buried it while planting other things, two years later I unearth the stump and level the ground. Two months after that this starts growing, nothing grew there before with the mound of dirt. This new plant is a mystery, about a foot tall so far.

Any ideas?

oh'mike 08-19-2012 06:46 PM

Not an olive tree---leaves are wrong--

Thunder Chicken 08-19-2012 07:28 PM

Any chance it is some sort of citrus tree? Maybe a young lemon?

Dwillems 08-19-2012 08:16 PM

The tree could be some other sort of citrus. Like I mentioned, it was dead and bare when we moved in, but my in-law thought it was olive.

I'm befuddled though because it was dead, buried for two years, and now coming back? Any chance it's not the tree, but some other bush or plant?

Thunder Chicken 08-19-2012 08:22 PM

It's not impossible, trees do that. I had a plum removed from the back yard a few years ago and buried the stump, and I still get suckers popping up through the lawn.

shadytrake 08-20-2012 06:47 PM

Hubby thinks this is a eucalyptus tree. They grow all over CA and come in a lot of different green colors. If the bark is decorative, then it is almost certainly a eucalyptus. There are 734 eucalyptus species. I think they are considered weed trees out there.

Pull a leaf off and smell it. They have a very distinctive scent.

shadytrake 08-20-2012 06:55 PM

Maybe eucalyptus grandis.

Dwillems 08-21-2012 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by shadytrake
Hubby thinks this is a eucalyptus tree. They grow all over CA and come in a lot of different green colors. If the bark is decorative, then it is almost certainly a eucalyptus. There are 734 eucalyptus species. I think they are considered weed trees out there.

Pull a leaf off and smell it. They have a very distinctive scent.

Thanks. If it's eucalyptus I might keep it. We just planted 4 of them on the other side of our yard and I love them. I'll have to smell it when I get home. Either way though I'll probably let it grow some to see if I like it or not. It's a free plant, why not lol.

Dwillems 08-21-2012 10:41 PM

Doesn't smell like eucalyptus, just like a normal green leaf

shadytrake 08-22-2012 08:00 PM

Well then, after looking through Botanica which is a 10,000 photo encyclopedia of plants, trees, & flowers, both hubby and I think that you might have a form of Euonymus japonicus (non-variagated type). That might explain why it came back so vigorously. It is extremely hardy and can grow to a tree size if formed that way. We consider it a weed yet it is a popular hedge because it grows so fast and is so hardy.

Here though it will take over like bamboo and is really difficult to get rid of.

If you could take a closer photo of the stump and a zoom picture of the leaf front and back, then we could probably know for sure. The reddish hue is because of new growth (that protects the new growth from the sun while it develops). A better photo would be from a lower large leaf and any flower or fruit while it is bearing.

Or it could be kiautschovicus.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/evelynf...ld/3944027584/

shadytrake 08-22-2012 08:15 PM

Or it could possibly be Lagerstroemia (commonly called Crape Myrtle), but the leaf shape doesn't look quite right. It might be a hybrid of indica. The stump coloring that I can see might indicate that since the bark and trunk are decorative.

John75 09-16-2012 01:12 PM

So, what is it in the end?Have you find out?

genset willy 11-12-2012 09:42 AM

citrus trees are grafted to stronger root stocks and when the upper is destroyed, sometimes the generic root stock will start to grow. this looks a lot like citrus root stock manifestation growing in our yard after upper desirable has died back.

user1007 11-12-2012 07:03 PM

If there was a tree once, graft stock would be my guess too. To be sure, why not cut one of stems/branches and take it to a REAL local nursery for identification. Then you can decide whether you want to prune and start something up again with it or get rid of it before it haunts you?

It would surprise me if it were any kind of citrus or olive and it may have been a shrub of some kind that grew out of control for lack of attention to become tree like. Do your remember how tall it was when you cut it down?

Be careful with olives. They were one of my favorite trees to specify for yards where I knew they would be taken care of. They are picturesque to understate their beauty. Unless you plan to harvest the olives you need to spray them to keep fruit from forming or they turn into stinky messes!

I do miss walking into my backyard and picking citrus fruits of most all kinds almost all year round! I don't miss much else about N. California.

Daniel Holzman 11-12-2012 07:33 PM

Looks like super high grade marijuana, extremely valuable, especially in CA, which is always looking for a good buzz.......


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