Kris Lee
Kris Lee
  • Hometalker
  • Jackson, WY
Asked on Jun 11, 2013

What is this tree?

Marissa MorinTanya Peterson FelsheimKris Lee
+37

Answered

This tree is in our backyard. It is beautiful for about a week in the summer, and has lots of great shade. We love it but don't know what it is. I live in Western Wyoming so it survives through harsh winters.
This is the tree before it bloomed in 2012.
This is the tree before it bloomed in 2012.
This is the blooming tree 2013
This is the blooming tree 2013
These are the flowers and leaves close up.  Any suggestions?
These are the flowers and leaves close up. Any suggestions?
40 answers
  • Diane Sterling
    on Jun 11, 2013

    Do you have a closeup of the flowers and bark? That will help narrow it down.

  • Kris Lee
    on Jun 11, 2013

    No I don't. I can try to get one and post it too.

  • Its a pretty tree with a wonderful view of the mountains. What else do you need to know? lol Does it bloom only in spring? Doe is have any berries or create any fruit?

  • Cathy Kopp
    on Jun 12, 2013

    It doesn't have a 'normal' trunk. Maybe a white lilac bush?

  • It might be a flowering almond.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Hmmm. That's the kind of bloom you would expect to see in spring.

  • Judy Gerardi
    on Jun 12, 2013

    You could take a small branch to a nursery. They could tell. It almost looks like the trees that are planted down the middle of highways and are pink, red or white, but for the life of me, can't remember the name.

  • Vanessa Godfrey
    on Jun 12, 2013

    do the leaves bud out while the flowers are still there, then the flowers fall?

  • Sandy Lampros
    on Jun 12, 2013

    looks similar to a Bradford Pear.

  • Tammy Brenner
    on Jun 12, 2013

    I have no idea what the tree is, but absolutely love your backyard view. Beautiful!

  • Jamie Smith
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Dogwood?

  • Gardens By Design, LLC
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Does it have red berries in fall? If so, it could be a Kousa Dogwood. They bloom in late May here in Atlanta so it is likely to be a summer bloomer in Wyoming. A close up of the flowers would confirm it.

  • Kris Lee
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Dogwood is probably what it is since they seem to do well in our area. It is not a white lilac, have had those before, and have purple lilacs directly behind the tree in the pic. It only flowers in the spring, and there are not any berries or fruit of any kind later. Yes my view is beautiful and I am grateful every day for it. I won't be back to the house until Friday night, but will try to take a pic of the leaves and hopefully any flowers that are remaining up close. It smells INCREDIBLE!

  • Debby Boyle
    on Jun 12, 2013

    It could be a Linden that has not been trimmed as it grew, so it is shaped like a bush.

  • Cheryl
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Based on the trunk it looks like a crepe myrtle but they bloom all summer in Georgia.

  • R.V.R. Farris
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Take a sample to your County Extension Agent, they should know what it is.

  • Diane
    on Jun 12, 2013

    Doesn't look like any Dogwood I have seen here in the south. I with some of the others, take a small branch to a nursery center.

  • Luella Eirsdottir
    on Jun 13, 2013

    it might be a katsura. If it flowers after the leaves emerge and the flowers are small (about the size of a quarter) and many and they drop in a fairly short time, that might be what it is. Some of them set small nuts, similar to a cherry pit on a stem.

    what is this tree, flowers, gardening, Katsura It used to look more shrub like but I keep pruning it Some years it has lots more blooms than others This was taken a couple years ago
  • Judy
    on Jun 13, 2013

    Wyoming huh? the view looks a lot like the hills around here in SW Oregon. Very pretty tree or bush but I have no clue what it might be & there really isn't much point guessing. We really need a close up of the blossoms, leaves etc.

  • Beverly Cooley
    on Jun 13, 2013

    Do the flower buds look pink and is there red fruit in the fall? This looks a lot like my Snowdrift Crab Apple tree. Mine has a short trunk and then a wide spread rather than looking bush like. Do the flower petals fall almost all in one day?

  • Susan Ziemak
    on Jun 13, 2013

    service berry?

  • Edwin Apgar
    on Jun 13, 2013

    looks like a dog wood to me

  • Vicki Melton
    on Jun 13, 2013

    It could be a Fringe Tree--they can be multi-trunked like this tree and crepe myrtles are. I've seen them in GardenGate magazine, and in Springhill Nursery's catalog and have considered buying one. They have white blooms and an open, pretty architectural form. Why don't you Google "fringe tree" and see what you think? I think it might also be called "Japanese Fringe Tree"

  • Kris Lee
    on Jun 14, 2013

    I just posted more pictures. I also Googled Dogwood tree leaf & blossom. They look similar but am still uncertain.

  • Close up of flower on tree says to me that the Dogwood wins!

  • Kathy Zens
    on Jun 14, 2013

    from the flowers it looks to be some kind of apple tree. We have one in our yard that blooms but never bares fruit. If the flowers were pink I would say cherry tree. You do not have to take a cutting of your tree to the extension office, just give them a call and the agent will come out and view the entire tree in it's natural environment.. Good Luck.

  • The Blooming Gardener
    on Jun 14, 2013

    I think Beverly C. identifies it as a crabapple correctly. Crabapples come in hundreds of different Varities, including one, a Canadian native called Spring Snow that never has fruit, fragrant, Five petal blossoms, buds are pink and open white, but mainly has no fruit. Chambersville Tree Farm online site has photos posted that look exactly like your photos of the flowers and the tree. In my area we have the crabapples that are covered in fruit, and are very susceptible to fireblight, and so tend to die off fairly young.

  • Traci Winyard
    on Jun 14, 2013

    It is Definitely Not a dogwood. The pink buds and white flowers look like the blossoms on an apple tree we had.

  • Ronnie Sensinger
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Looks just like the crabapple in my front yard. The buds start out pink and turn to white flowers, just like my crabapple. Dogwoods have only four petals on their flowers and their stamens are tight little nodules, not feathery with anthers. I'd say that rules out dogwood.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 14, 2013

    I think it's a crabapple as well, although I've never heard of them blooming in summer. They bloomed the first week of May in my Hudson Valley garden.

  • Gardens By Design, LLC
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Seeing the flowers up close, I have to agree it is definitely not a dogwood, but a crabapple.

  • Andi Cacciatore
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Whatever it is, it is beautiful!

  • Kris Lee
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Thank you all for your comments. It has been enlightening. When I looked up dogwood, I ruled it out because the flowers were almost heart shaped and only 4 petals. The crab apple would be a good choice since they are very prolific in our area. All the crab apple trees bloom here in early June. It is too cold in May for blooming trees. Daffodils are also May flowers here because our snow is rarely melted by the end of April. I'm so happy I found this site. Everyone is so helpful. thank you all again and I'll see you in another thread.

  • Kris Lee
    on Jun 14, 2013

    BTW, Beverly Cooley you are the correct one. It is definitely a Snowdrift Crab Apple. No fruit on it, but it looks exactly like the pix I found online. Thank you so much

  • Kathy C
    on Jun 15, 2013

    This is not a fringe tree. They bloom in the spring and have white fronds, not petals. They smell like coconut.

  • Lynn Galloway Thomas
    on Jul 5, 2013

    I think its a magnolia tree. Beautiful and fragrant!!!

  • Kris Lee
    on Jul 5, 2013

    Thanks Lynn for your response, however we have determined it to be a Snowdrift Crab Apple tree. Where I live in Wyoming a magnolia tree would not survive. Thanks

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Jul 8, 2013

    Hmm.looks like crabapple to me but maybe you have had a very long winter and your crabapples are just this late in blooming?

  • Marissa Morin
    on Nov 13, 2016

    If it produces crab apples, crab apples make delicious jelly. Mix crab apple and grape, you get even a better jelly. My mom used to make crab apple jelly and grape and crab apple jelly every summer. Delicious!

Your comment...