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Post by Rohn on Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:20 am

There is a big tree in my back yard.  The leaves turn brown in the fall but they stay on all winter.  I do not know my trees very well and wondered if you can tell me what kind of a tree it is.



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Post by dizzy on Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:46 am

Does it get any type of nuts on it? It's hard to tell for sure w/how you have the leaves pictured. I can't tell if they're a compound leaf or simple leaves.

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Post by Rohn on Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:47 am

No nuts.
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Post by Rohn on Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:07 am

I believe the leaves are simple leaves.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:41 am

it reminds me of a type of Hickory we have, except no nuts...

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Post by dizzy on Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:36 am

That's what I was thinking, some type of hickory. But no nuts doesn't necessarily rule out hickory. I rarely see nuts off of mine cuz the squirrels beat me to them!

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Re: Big Tree In My Back Yard

Post by Rohn on Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:15 am

Here are some more pictures of the leaves.




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Post by dizzy on Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:27 am

I'll admit to being stumped-for now. I'll have to do some research to see if I can figure it out-unless someone else knows what it is.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:26 pm

Looks like some type of laurel to me. I know so of them get pretty big. And a lot are used in landscaping outside of there normal range which may explain why the leaves turn brown in the winter.
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Post by dizzy on Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:59 pm

Every once in awhile, I think about this thread and ponder what that tree could be.  There are very few trees that have leaves that stay on the tree all winter, and most of them are in the beech family, which includes both oaks and beeches.  So, I looked up oaks in Ohio.

I'm wondering if what you have is a shingle oak.  They will keep their leaves in the winter, and don't have typical oak leaves.  Plus, the acorns are small, only about 1/2" long, so you may not notice them.  (We have willow oaks around here that have small acorns, you really have to search to find them.)  Another name for the tree is the laurel oak because the leaves are similar to laurel leaves.  Here's a link to more info about them.

http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/shingleoak

ETA: I was just looking at the pictures some more and noticed what may be an acorn in the bottom picture. I can't blow up the picture, and using a magnifying glass didn't help-it just made it fuzzy. But, if you look towards the bottom of the pic, about 1/3 from the bottom and maybe 1/3 from the right, there's something small and roundish. That could be an acorn. I don't know if you can blow up the pic any or not.

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Re: Big Tree In My Back Yard

Post by Rohn on Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:42 pm

Thanks Dizzy for reviving this thread.
I think you may have hit on what this tree is.  The leaves in the pictures sure do look similar to the shingle oak, but there are no acorns on the tree.
Here are some more pictures that I took this morning.











Don't know if these pictures will help or not.
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Post by dizzy on Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:01 am

W/the size of the acorns, you may not notice them. I only see the acorns on the willow oaks (which are about the same size) because I know they're there and look for them. At this time of year, there may not be acorns. It takes 2 years for the acorns to mature.

The bark looks like oak bark as does the arrangement of the leaves. I can't tell from these pics, is there a bristle tip on the ends of the leaves?

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