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Thread #91048   Message #1730018
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
29-Apr-06 - 01:04 PM
Thread Name: BS: What tree is this, please?
Subject: RE: BS: What tree is this, please?
The clincher for me would have been to see the fruit to scale and to know that you were finding them in clusters and not as individual pomes--that's the giveaway. They're a distinctive source of winter fruit for local birds. We have chinaberry all over the place and it is easily distributed in places under where birds perch. It is a beautiful tree and nice to have around, but the weedy ones growing in places where you don't want them are like various trees you keep cutting off--you can't seem to kill them, they keep coming back through the middle of the hedge or under the other tree you want.

The rosales family is a huge group, like legumes, and has a distinctive evolutionary history (with various related groups that sloughed off along the way). I'll have to poke around and see what the projected evolutionary course of the mahogany family is.