This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

mystery tree

mystery tree IMG_7878 I'm trying to figure out the identity of this tree. Its in the backyard of our new home. In the summer it had BIG leaves, maybe 8 inches long as I remember. In the fall, fruit (or nuts) with four wings. Now it is showing off with masses of pink bell-like blossoms. The bumble bees and hummingbirds flit in and out. Its a big tree, 40 or 50 feet tall.

Once I get a good look at the mature leaves, I hope I can follow through with the tree identification at Arborday. But if you know this tree, let me know!



Anonymous Ralph said...

I'm guessing halesia monticola or
pink-flowered snowdrop tree because of the size and the hanging, bell-like blossoms.

May 15, 2014 4:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Halesia. Perhaps H. monticola.

May 15, 2014 6:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a pink Halesia

May 15, 2014 8:05 AM

Blogger ValHalla said...

Could it be a styrax?

May 15, 2014 9:28 AM

Blogger kate said...

Perhaps a Styrax?

May 15, 2014 10:17 AM

Blogger Earthly Worm said...

Looks like a Carolina Silverbell.

May 15, 2014 11:12 AM

Blogger Savannagal said...

Looks similar to a Silver Bell Tree. The ones I've seen have white flowers, but yours could be a hybrid. I think they do have 4 winged seeds.

May 15, 2014 11:18 AM

Blogger kb said...

A quick google search of it';s description threw up Carolina Silver Bell - might at least be a place to start

May 15, 2014 12:20 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

Maybe the previous owners know?

May 15, 2014 12:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might have luck trying a "reverse" image search on google with that photo, and see if you get any matches.

May 15, 2014 4:31 PM

Blogger Pam said...

Hope someone can ID your mystery tree. Trees that are blooming now are black locusts, wild cherries, fringe trees. Haven't seen anything with blossoms like your mystery tree.

May 15, 2014 5:11 PM

Anonymous plantingoaks said...

LookS like some form of halesia, though I didn't know they came in pink, and there seems to be some nomenclature controversy (of course), but its a tree to bark up (ha! Aren't puns wonderful?) I don't have one, but it's been on my list for a while

May 15, 2014 5:13 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Well, it looks unanimous!

"Halesia, also known as silverbell or snowdrop tree, is a small genus of four or five species of deciduous large shrubs or small trees in the family Styracaceae, native to eastern Asia (southeast China) and eastern North America (southern Ontario, Canada south to Florida and eastern Texas, United States). They grow to 5–20 m (16–66 ft) tall (rarely to 39 m (128 ft)), and have alternate, simple ovate leaves 5–16 cm long and 3–8 cm broad. The flowers are pendulous, white or pale pink, produced in open clusters of 2-6 together, each flower 1–3 cm long. The fruit is a distinctive, oblong dry drupe 2–4 cm long." (from wikipedia)

The species are:

- Halesia carolina L.; little silverbell, eastern North America
- Halesia diptera Ellis; two-wing silverbell, southeastern North America
- Halesia macgregorii Chun; Chinese silverbell or Macgregor's silverbell - eastern China
- Halesia monticola, mountain silverbell or Carolina silverbell native to eastern North America

I think mine looks most like Halesia monicola 'Arnold Pink'.

Thanks for the help!!!

May 15, 2014 6:02 PM

Blogger Renate Waas said...

… my guess is also Halesia
LG Renate

May 16, 2014 3:29 AM


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