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Telfair 06-13-2012 03:35 AM

What is my DANGEROUS tree named?
 
This tree is a WEAPON! :eek:
These spikes have gone through my shoes before & I'm pretty could pop a tire.

Been trying for 3 days to post attachments pictures of this & always get a fail, Some mod or the Admin should look into this.


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user1007 06-13-2012 08:09 AM

My guess is you have a honey locust tree although I don't think they were planted so extensively on the West Coast as out this way and East. You got lucky! They do have nasty thorns so buy a pair of thick gloves! They were a popular urban tree that got over planted in many areas so arborists in some regions encourage replacing them with other species to encourage diversity and health of urban forests.

To their advantage, if reasonably well maintained, they are nice looking trees and attract and sustain many kinds of wildlife. The only potentially fatal thing that happens to them beyond chain saws is cancors. Rabbits chewing at young bark can make the trees vulnerable. You might check with your city or county arborist, a tree service, or your university ag extension office to see how best to deal with them. Not much to do but work around the thorns though.

http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_gltr.pdf

Let's see what others think though. Given your locale, it could be something else.

hardwareman 06-13-2012 01:11 PM

yes that is a Locust, Ive got one on my property and I steer clear of it. Trimmed it up so the low hanging branches wouldn't take my eye out when I mow.

Telfair 06-13-2012 03:39 PM

Being we just got a puppy I'm thinking of just letting it stay the rest of the summer for shade & then I'll start hacking away at it with a chain saw throughout the fall till its all gone, I don't want my dog getting hurt on these things that randomly fall off the tree throughout the year.

& I'm gonna start another thread asking what a great shade tree that don't shed too much ( In So Cal ) & maybe stays green most of the year That is not dangerous like this one.

user1007 06-13-2012 03:59 PM

I will be interested to see the responses you get to shade tree suggestions. Obviously the sky is near the limit for choice save for needing something that can survive the smog until it gets established and of course the dry winds. Lots of choices though.

When practicing landscape design and working as head designer for an upscale nursery specializing in hanging baskets, container gardens and intimate garden spaces the Sunset Western Garden Book was near biblical as a reference. You should put a copy on your wish list as it will help with all kinds of things from plant selection through maintenance. Will set you back $20 or so and is worth every penny and more. There is also a newer landscape design oriented companion volume with additional plant selection criteria I have not seen.

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Wester...9617415&sr=8-1

I will throw my hat in the ring for a silk tree as a lovely deciduous shade tree. The lacy leaves fold up at night and open each day to provide great shade. The leaflets fall to the ground in the fall and are so small you do not have to worry about raking them up.

As mentioned your options for evergreen shade trees are near unlimited too.

ratherbefishin' 06-13-2012 04:25 PM

Telfair, honey locust is good for furniture and wood turning projects. Put a "Free, you cut and haul" ad on craigslist and you might find someone willing to remove it for you.

Telfair 06-13-2012 07:41 PM

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Originally Posted by ratherbefishin' (Post 942668)
Telfair, honey locust is good for furniture and wood turning projects. Put a "Free, you cut and haul" ad on craigslist and you might find someone willing to remove it for you.

I dont think I'd trust someone else to do it, being its on top of both my shed & carport.

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/9...e/img_4072.jpg

Telfair 02-14-2013 03:27 AM

This tree will be completely removed Friday!
I really hate removing such a wonderfully grown tree, but its spikes are just too dangerous to deal with any longer! :censored:

& now am looking into a replacement tree into a different part of the backyard.

Fix'n it 02-14-2013 09:28 PM

what is it costing ?

ddawg16 02-14-2013 09:35 PM

What part of LA? I might know a guy that could give you some good advice.

A bit late on the tree removal reference....but make sure they grind the post.....

You might consider Avocado....they grow fairly quick....right now I'm averaging 200+ avocado's a year out of my tree....

Telfair 02-14-2013 09:57 PM

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what is it costing ?

$600.00 & he says he will remove the stump, tree will be completely GONE! :thumbsup:

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Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1117398)
What part of LA? I might know a guy that could give you some good advice.

A bit late on the tree removal reference....but make sure they grind the post.....

You might consider Avocado....they grow fairly quick....right now I'm averaging 200+ avocado's a year out of my tree....

I live in Sun Valley ( Part of the San Fernando valley )
I do love avocados, yet the wife don't & I cant see eating all that myself & not to mention Avocados are bad for dogs, & so I won't go with anything that will harm our boy.

& To be honest I don't have any interest in any sort of fruit or nut tree, I've known to many people that can't get rid of the harvest fast enough & have to deal with rotting fruit & etc etc...

I'm considering a Carrotwood tree being I have one in the front yard & its very clean & I've never had a single complaint about it.

Oh & here's another reminder to why I'm chopping down this tree.

creeper 02-14-2013 10:18 PM

Geez ..that thing looks like some sort of evil medieval weapon

Telfair 02-14-2013 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by creeper (Post 1117423)
Geez ..that thing looks like some sort of evil medieval weapon

Aye, I bet if hit right it would enter a human skull. :eek:

I learned the painful way that they do go through shoes & deep into your foot!

& to be honest I bet they can pop a car tire.

Telfair 02-15-2013 09:06 PM

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The tree is no longer a problem. :thumbup:
I felt a sorrow in my heart considering how grand this tree was & was part of why I bought the house, yet now I'm much better off & in time will enjoy walking around barefoot with out fear.
To be honest I've had to pull thorns out of my foot from the outside of my shoes!
Ever the tree trimmer guy said in 25 years of doing this work he has never seen one of these before.

Fix'n it 02-16-2013 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Telfair (Post 1117953)
I felt a sorrow in my heart

i can see why you feel that way. while the view isn't "bad", it looked better with the tree there.
$600 isn't bad, for a tree in that spot.


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