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What kind of tree has a seed pod like this?

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gardengranny
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 12:59 AM PST

What kind of tree has a seed pod like this? It is in our new back yard. When I asked my daughter what kind of a tree it was she just said ugly. She isn't much of a gardener either. She is always forgetting to water some thing.

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Posted: Feb/27/2007 1:16 AM PST

Maple, isn't it?
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 1:35 AM PST

I was thinking maple to. I have lots of them and they make wonderful shade trees and are beautiful in the fall.
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 1:39 AM PST

Okay, maple definitely! I didn't know if you had them down south. Is it a Japanese maple with the red pod though?
BlueBelle
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Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 1:40 AM PST

Yes, it's probably a Japanese maple pod. Most other maples have brown pods.
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 1:43 AM PST

Now the real mystery.....Why would your daughter think a Japanese maple is ugly??
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 4:18 AM PST

I'm going to guess silver maple, Acer sacarinum. Both the red (A. Rubrum) and silver maple have dual samaras that form narrow V shaped crotches. Both are reddish before they dry to brown. But a common characteristic of the silvere maple's samara is that one of the two is often under formed, sometimes even aborted.
BlueBelle
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 5:02 AM PST

Really, Wes? My red maple samaras, and my amur maple (Acer ginnala) never get as red as that. More just tinged. And I thought that sugar maples (Acer saccharinum) had much bigger keys (not as slender as the pic above). Gardengranny, can you take a picture of the tree for us?
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 11:27 AM PST

I never mentioned sugar maple, Acer saccharum, I did mention silver maple, A. Saccharinum. I will concende the red point on the the silver maple, but will now take up the cause for A. rubrum. The moniker rubrum comes from several parts bearing red colors.... including the samaras. See http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/dendrology/syllabu s/factsheet.cfm?ID=1 .So I am altering my guess to Red maple.... not particularly graceful trees, but having a place in this world none the less.

Hey want a memory key to help you remember a samara is a winged seed?....."Here today, gone samara"..... "I'll fly away sweet Jesus, I'll fly away"

Belle, its very good to see you about on the forum again.
gardengranny
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Posted: Feb/27/2007 1:23 PM PST

I'll take a few pictures this morning and post later. It is just starting to leaf out again. I've been raking up the old leaves in the yard I have leaves from my trees and the neighbors so I couldn't id from that. Did I say spring is happening here.
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