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What King Of Maple Tree With Round Seed Balls

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Mighty Oak, May 31, 2010.

  1. Mighty Oak

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    I would like to know what kind of Maple Tree has round seed ball? My neighbor has this Maple tree and he does not know what kind it is. Perhaps it is not a Maple tree but the leaves look like Maple leaves. The seed balls have little points coming out all over them.

    Can you please help me out here.
     
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    sounds like a sweetgum tree to me....do a search on google for pictures or how to identify one and see if its what your refering to...
     
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    +1 for Sweetgum.
     
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    Here's a sweetgum link. This website has most of common trees found in Ohio.

    SWEETGUM LINK

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    Someone's bound to come around soon disagreeing, this being the internet. :D
     
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    Over here a tree with maple like leaves and round seed balls would get called London Plane but its possible you guys call it something different that side of the pond.

    Anyway I would reckon it's a plane of some sort.
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    That is it. That is the tree.
     
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    I will have to take my first one back and have to go with the Sweetgum for the bark is what tells me. It looks the same. where the bark is smooth.
     
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    Sycamore was my first thought until I re-read about the spikes. I had always condsidered the Sycamore seed to be smooth.

    London Planetree is a hybrid between the US Eastern Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the Oriental Planetree (Platanus orientalis).

    From the photos, the seeds of the London Planetree look spikier(?) than our Sycamore.
     
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    Mighty Oak, can you get some pictures? I don't quite understand your comment about the bark "where it is smooth" looking like the sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua.

    Demographic, here in the U.S. we have both the Londonplane tree and the American sycamore. The Londonplane being more resistant to anthracnose.

    Sylvia
     
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    The fruit should give it away. A sweetgum has a much spikier fruit, especially when dried out.
    Sweetgum Fruit:
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    Now comes the question is where is the best Nursery on-line to buy a Sweetgum trees without paying a arm and a leg for one? I would settle for a 5 or 6 foot bare rooted one. I have always had good luck with them.
     

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