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#1)  Unknown exotic

Postby ElijahW » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:50 pm

NTS,

I’ve been stumped trying to ID a tree growing in Rochester’s Durand Eastman Park.  As this is an arboretum, I believe the tree is not native to the area.  Several specimens are doing quite well in a north-facing ravine, topping out at close to 120’ in height. I’m including what photos I was able to take below.  Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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Bark
               
               

               
                       
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Edit:  I realized that the crown photo wasn’t that clear.  The topmost branches of the tree resemble those of a dormant forsythia, with its barb-like buds, if that helps.
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#2)  Re: Unknown exotic

Postby Erik Danielsen » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:59 pm

Never seen anything like that! Exciting to add another tall exotic to the list.
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#3)  Re: Unknown exotic

Postby Rand » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:22 pm

Katsura Tree?
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#4)  Re: Unknown exotic

Postby ElijahW » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:39 pm

Thanks, Rand.  I think Katsura is correct.  I’ve seen smaller examples of the species, but had no idea that they could get so tall.  I’ll keep an eye on these trees and verify that they’re Cercidiphyllum japonicum.  Much appreciated,

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#5)  Re: Unknown exotic

Postby Rand » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:35 pm

There is a big arboretum in Wooster, OH that was kind enough to label one about the same size as yours.  When I first saw it from a distance I thought it was a Ginko, then I was lost till I saw the label.
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#6)  Re: Unknown exotic

Postby ElijahW » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:07 pm

Rand,

I returned to the arboretum today, and a short distance from where I took the photos I posted above was a large sign that said “Katsura Glen.”  I think the case is now closed. Thanks again,

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