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The mystery tree

This is the mystery tree from Mom’s backyard. It appeared by itself and is growing quickly. The leaves have jagged edges and a oval shape that comes to a point. The underneath of the leaves is almost velvety feeling. The wood itself is soft and almost yellowish looking. Pruning it is easy and I feels like cutting through butter. The bark is greenish and smooth. It was not a fruit bearing tree, but something loves to eat the leaves, leaving behind tiny holes. We have no idea what tree it is and nobody seems to know.


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20 thoughts on “The mystery tree

    1. No fruits and no flowers that I saw. From the greenish smooth bark, it appears to be still a young tree but I can’t say how long it has been there. It is fast growing though.


  1. I haven’t a clue, but my resident tree expert, Andy, is putting good money on it being a Goat Willow and says if it is, it needs to be kept small, or it’s roots will damage the wall, given time. I do love a good mystery! xxx

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    1. I suspect Andy is right. The catkins would have shown up in early spring (before any leaves) before you arrived Rhapsody. It is also known as Pussy Willow. People like to cut branches when the catkins are out as it makes a great early arrangement in a vase. The catkins last for a very long time and generally people do not place them in water as drying out preserves the catkin.

      But I am no expert… You may have to wait for next Feb/March to find out. 😉

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      1. I have a feeling this tree may come in a male and female version and only the female tree has the long catkins? If so, that’s us girls for you, all giving! x

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      2. I was there the end of February and it was still winter. The backyard was so destroyed and overgrown, I really didn’t pay attention to it until later in the year. Perhaps I missed the bloom all together.


  2. It’s a pleasure to follow your continuing journey, Rhapsody. I have left many fast-growing plants in my yard and regretted it later. My botanical knowledge is negligible. The most amusing was the bush with small multicolored flowers. I found it quite attractive and watered it until a neighbor pointed out that it was Lantana, one of Australia’s most serious noxious weeds. We live and learn. 🙂

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    1. Awe Steve, your words mean so much and always bring a smile. I am so sorry for the delayed response, life has been crazy.
      Hey, even weeds need love and some weeds can be quite beautiful. Thank you for noticing. Did you know that I once won a Photo contest with a picture of a weed? So I guess you just never know. 😉

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      1. Thank you, Rhapsody. Truly nothing to apologise about. My life is not crazy at all, but I still seem to have such limited time for WordPress, and I’m generally not sure exactly what I’m doing. Your photography is one of your many talents, I have no doubt that weed was amazing. 🙂 And you are quite rightof course: it is all in the eye of the beholder.


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