Mystery plant 038

You can see this tree throughout the eastern (and somewhat the midwestern) portions of North America.  When you can identify it, please leave a comment with the common and scientific names for the tree.  Also, share any personal stories you may have about it.

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Twig during winter season

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Young plant in late spring

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Tree beginning to bloom

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Branch with flowers

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Flowers

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Leaves turning color during fall season

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Fall foliage

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Bark

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Dried seed capsules

 

ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images):  Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum).

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7 Responses to Mystery plant 038

  1. julie says:

    elder!

    • Angelyn says:

      julie, the leaves (simple not compound), bark (red when young and not tan), and flowers on this tree are quite different from Elderberry.

  2. Tony Ward says:

    Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum!

  3. Pamela Wagner says:

    Yes, this is the sourwood or sorrel tree, Oxydendron arboreum, a member of the Ericaeae or heath family. I recognize these Ericaeae in general from their resemblance to blueberries and the blueberry flower…another heath family member. It is fairly easy to recognize the Ericaceae — flowers at any rate — from their similarity to blueberry flowers, to which they all bear a resemblance. Tree size to the tiniest creeper, heath family flowers have a surprisingly similar look (to me at any rate.)

  4. Carol says:

    Oh, I wish we had more of this down here. My honeybees would love getting into those flowers, and I would love it if they did. It’s sourwood.

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