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Tree ID help

I was lured out back today by endless chirping of birds and found, to my delight, that there is a new type of bird visiting my garden. Tiny little birds, hanging out and darting around on the huge Hibiscus. I tried to photograph them but they were too quick for me and once Dexter started running around and bringing me his ball to throw, they took off.

The Dove however, not intimidated by rambunctious Rottweilers, was content to perch in the tree and check us out which it did for ages. Isn’t it cute …

The Dove

Which brings me to my question … The dove is sitting in the now bare tree. I don’t know what type of tree this is and I forgot to write down what the Tree Guy told me. (I don’t think he did tell me about this tree as it was bare when he was here and they didn’t do anything to it).

Here is what it looks like in the height of summer …

Tree ID help

I would really like to know what tree this is. If anyone can help me identify it I will be very grateful.

You can click to enlarge these two photos for more detail:

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PS: I’ve trawled tree ID websites and all my books and I am none the wiser.

Happy gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

19 replies on “Tree ID help”

Well yes it’s the BIRD that is so wonderful here! I love his tilted head- You can almost hear him thinking, “What the heck kind of tree IS this?”

Hi Alistair – I looked up every possibility and you are correct – my tree is without doubt a carpinus caroliniana. Everything matches. Acer negundo looked right but it wasn’t spot on … this is! THANK YOU!!

This is quite fantastic! It works very well for some things but alas not for my tree. I bet it is not far off and Google’s technology will be more advanced and will match photos perfectly. I remember reading a few years ago that they were working on this. Amazing what they are coming up with. What next?

Hi Chris, the dove is sooo cute 🙂 – reminds me of Micro, my little dove we nursed back to health. I love birds in the garden.
Oh yes – that is a box elder. We did a post in February and our friends helped us to identify it! 🙂

Christine, the gentleman that commented above, Dr. Jerry Parsons, is one of the funniest and most knowledgeable plantsman I ever run into. I faithfully listen to his online garden radio call in show every Saturday and Sunday if at all possible, not only for the gardening information but the laughs. Anyways it tickled me to see his comment above and I wanted to concur also, you have a fabulous website……

Check out my website at We have a call-in (1-877-308-8867) show “GARDENING SOUTH TEXAS” from San Antonio, Texas, each Saturday and Sunday afternoon which streams audio and video on the internet, noon-2PM CST.
Jerry Parsons

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