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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bauble Tree

Do you recognize this tree, with its winter baubly bulbs? I don't recall seeing this one before.

No one has ever mistaken me for an arborist, but you'd think after all this time I'd at least know the trees in my neighborhood.

17 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Cannonball tree? found a link:
http://mgonline.com/articles/cannonball.aspx
click on the highlighted links in the article... I also googled further and it is a deciduous tree.

dive said...

It's Bob. He'll be upset you didn't recognise him.

Bellis said...

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.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

@Bellis: Don't rule it out.. I could be wrong on my guess..

Petrea Burchard said...

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.

altadenahiker said...

It's not a pomegranate?

TheChieftess said...

I thought Bob had more hair?....

Petrea Burchard said...

No, I don't think so. These are smooth little brown balls. Plus the tree is bare, and aren't pomegranates full right now?

Petrea Burchard said...

Chieftess, you make a good point.

Ann Erdman said...

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.

Petrea Burchard said...

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.

BettyS said...

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.

Adele said...

I'm so clueless that I rarely even try. That's a little sad, now that I've typed it!

Laura Monteros said...

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.

Ms M said...

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.

Linda said...

If it was in Europe I would have said a plane tree, but since it isn't I don't have a clue.

Petrea Burchard said...

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.