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Cannonball tree? found a link:http://mgonline.com/articles/cannonball.aspxclick on the highlighted links in the article... I also googled further and it is a deciduous tree.
It's Bob. He'll be upset you didn't recognise him.
I was going to suggest the California buckeye, which is related to the horse chestnut and has shiny brown conkers inside, but it grows in the hills (there's one beside Chaney trail road) and I've not seen one in a garden before. The first time I saw the Chaney trail buckeye was at the end of a long dry summer. It had lost all its leaves and I thought it was dead, but apparently that's what they do.
@Bellis: Don't rule it out.. I could be wrong on my guess..
Dive, at first I thought it was Bob, but he didn't say a word and you know how garrulous Bob is.KBF and Bellis, you both sent me searching. I do think it's the buckeye. Here's a nice blog I found, with pics: http://tanzgarten.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/round-things/But KBF, what a cool tree that thing is that you found! The Cannonball Tree is like nothing I've ever seen before.
It's not a pomegranate?
I thought Bob had more hair?....
No, I don't think so. These are smooth little brown balls. Plus the tree is bare, and aren't pomegranates full right now?
Chieftess, you make a good point.
I'm stumped. The thin branches look like it may be some kind of stone fruit tree but that doesn't account for the orbs.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that found this unusual! I couldn't take my eyes off it. I may go back and visit it.
I have NO idea - the round balls remind me of those things oaks sometimes get, but it's clearly not an oak. And the starkness reminds me of a wonderful exhibit at PMCA right now called "Take me to the apple breeder" - marvelous huge photos of bare fruit trees. And ceramic apples.
I'm so clueless that I rarely even try. That's a little sad, now that I've typed it!
My first guess would have been pomegranate, but I knew you would recognize that--the little crowns and red skin. It is beautiful in its own way, isn't it? And do you know the name of the website--Tanzgarten--could mean either dancing garden or garden in which one dances? It's a German portmanteau.
I don't know what kind of tree this is, but I like the way you framed it for your photo. The interweaving of the branches and the little "globes" handing on them.
If it was in Europe I would have said a plane tree, but since it isn't I don't have a clue.
Ms. M, I might have to knock on this person's door and ask.Linda, we have something like that here. I think it's what's called Liquidambar. It's got little spiky balls on it, not smooth. They're all over Pasadena, in fact.
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