Monday, October 10, 2011

What Tree is This?


Can anyone help me out with identifying this tree? It came down as part of our Someday Orchard clearing project. It was only then that we noticed the top was filled with black berries that grew out of little leaf tufts- CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO. Our university extension thought it might be a wooly buckthorn except there are no thorns, so that's out. I can't find another, although there's bound to be somewhere in these woods.

Any ideas? The wood is really hard, some sparks came out when he used the chainsaw- nothing metal inside, just very hard wood.

6 comments:

Heidi said...

Hi Kathy:

Follow this link to the Arbor Day Foundation North American Tree I.D. Field Guide. I sure hope it helps. http://www.arborday.org/trees/whatTree/

Candy C. said...

Interesting. I hope someone is able to help you with identification!

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

If it's smallish, maybe a black cherry tree? If it's really, really tall it could be a hackberry,but you don't see many in MO.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

It's a really tall tree. I thought a hackberry at first but we have one of those with red berrries and the way the leaves are on the stem is different. I'd agree it was a buckthorn, almost identical, but there are no thorns at all.

Yahoobuckaroo's Blog said...

Perhaps it's a lost tree from the Garden of Eden. Careful of the fruit. Have there been any talking snakes hanging around?

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Always snakes hiding out somewhere! LOL