Kyria B
Kyria B
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Asked on Sep 20, 2012

Tree Identification East Texas

Annie DohertyZBecky H
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I live in Deep East Texas, right on the Louisiana line. Can anybody help me identify this tree and it's fruit or nut? There are no leaves on it right now. They only stand about waist high.
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After my husband got home, he showed me where to find more. Definitely buckeyes! And there are new buds on the bushes. Apparently it leafs out in the fall.
After my husband got home, he showed me where to find more. Definitely buckeyes! And there are new buds on the bushes. Apparently it leafs out in the fall.
Here's one partially eaten by... something.
Here's one partially eaten by... something.
93 answers
  • Gail
    on Sep 20, 2012

    would help if there were leaves--

  • Leida R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Good one. I have never seen it before. Let's see what it is as I'm with you.

  • Lynne Brunkow
    on Sep 20, 2012

    almost looks like a buckeye

  • Cindy R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    possibly a osage orange (MACLURA pomifera). native to your part of Texas, grows to 60' tall.

  • Bernice Westover
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Maybe a lychee nut. Is the 'shell' very thin almost like crinkley paper? The fruit, fleshy, with a large seed? If it is a lychee not, it's actually a fruit.

  • Marci Green
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Most definitely NOT a Lychee or a Longan.

  • Tracey Davis
    on Sep 20, 2012

    I would take the fruit up to the local extension office and ask them! They are wonderful and always happy to provide information.

  • Evelyn R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Not osage orange - they're pebbly and green and there are nasty thorns on the branches

  • Leida R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Tracey Davis, thank you for that info as I did not know that.

  • Diana Slater
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Loquat possibly, but Id need to see the leaves

  • Leida R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Kyria B, if you do find the answer from other sources besides HT, please let us know what it is.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Not osage. I know that one. Not lychee, and probably not longan, although it is brown & smooth like the longan. You might be able to tell by the partially eaten one that they're double-lobed.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Plus, East Texas is not quite tropical.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Buckeye is a possibility, but I'm not sure. Doing further research...

  • Claire
    on Sep 20, 2012

    not a loquat..I have many of those in my yard and this is not it :)

  • Teressa Hasty
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Could it be a Persimmon?

  • Leida R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    No. Not a persimmon.

  • Diane Maxwell
    on Sep 20, 2012

    How big is the fruit/nut? It's how to tell from the picture.

  • Mary M
    on Sep 20, 2012

    pignut hickory?

  • Miki Simic
    on Sep 20, 2012

    I'm pretty sure you got a medlar tree on your hands:) Pretty & yummy!

  • Sandra B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    looks like a buckeye to me..

  • Lori Johnson
    on Sep 20, 2012

    red buckeye: Aesculus pavia Hippocastanaceae...yes?

  • Cheryl Grogan
    on Sep 20, 2012

    But what do you do with buckeye?

  • Helen Vanella
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Red buckeye seeds are usually darker, not sure if that is what these are. It does look like a buckeye. Did you see any of the leaves? How tall is the tree and what shape?

  • Nola Baker-Ramirez
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Loquat, maybe? Hard to tell without seeing the leaves.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Those were all great ideas, but I think the red buckeye wins the day! thank you, Tracy B, for the photo link. That really helped!

  • Jean Bonham
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Buckeyes are Horse Chestnuts and grow very tall.Are they Castor beans? If so very poisonous but get rid of moles.

  • Harlee Jenkins
    on Sep 20, 2012

    how 'bout a Paw-paw...asimina triloba???? They grow there and are sure tasty!

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Jean, the horse chestnut is Aesculus hippocastanum, and the red buckeye is Aesculus pavia, so they are related, but not the same. As I research, I'm pretty sure I've got some straight red buckeyes. I have a horticulturist friend that I will ask next time I see her, but it may be awhile.

  • Roseanne Comer
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Looks like a loquat, but not yellow me thinks!

  • Leida R
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Jean Bonham, you said Castor beans get rid of moles. INTERESTING! How???

  • Karen Griffin
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Definately not a loquat! Looks like a horse chestnut to me!

  • Mary Jo Kekllas
    on Sep 20, 2012

    I think its a red chestnut. We had horse chestnuts all around where I lived in Cincinnati and the outside covering was spiny.

  • Brenda McDowell
    on Sep 20, 2012

    I beleive those are chestnuts! I would take a sample of the nuts and also a branch of the tree to your local agricultural agent for identification.

  • Susan S
    on Sep 20, 2012

    @Jean Bonham - the same as Leida. How does one use castor beans to get rid of moles?

  • Tracey B
    on Sep 20, 2012

    Definitely not chestnuts or horse chestnuts - have a look at the link I sent Kyria earlier.

  • Sheila B
    on Sep 21, 2012

    I have a buckeye tree in my yard that is over 40 years old, and it looks just like this right now. They are beautiful in spring with lovely red blooms that attract humming birds. They are hard to transplant, but we love our tree here in Northwest Arkansas.

  • Robin M
    on Sep 21, 2012

    I agree with Sheila B. I think it's a Buckeye.

  • Sharon H
    on Sep 21, 2012

    I agree with Sheila; it is a buckeye.

  • Sherry Harvey
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Definitely buckeye.

  • Charlene Hansen
    on Sep 21, 2012

    yes I think it's a buckeye too.

  • Donna R
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Completely off your subject but I just saw the movie "Bernie"! Being from Carthage, did you know any of the people involved? I know they used real town folk. We are East Texas too, just down towards Beaumont from you. I could relate to the people so much and how they talked. It's a great movie. Jack Black was wonderful in it.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 21, 2012

    My husband grew up here, and did know Bernie, and we know some of the townspeople who were featured in the movie. We have not seen it yet, though.

  • Ginger H
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Yep, it's a buckeye.

  • Z
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Ha ha Donna, you trying to take over another thread for the Ramblin' Rosies? I did Google that film and it looks like a hoot! Sorry Kyria B. I will say that I think you got this figured out thanks the photos. They look dead on.

  • Z
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Oh my gosh. Just watched another video about it. I thought when Donna asked if you knew anyone involved she meant with the making of the movie. I didn't know it was about a real murder. The trailer made it look like a comedy!

  • Betty Jo G
    on Sep 21, 2012

    It is a buckeye tree. In Northern California, the lovely flowers are a soft pink. The trees grow much taller.

  • Donna R
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Becky, it really is a comedy. It's sad what he did but she was the most hated woman in town and he was the most liked man in the town. No one wanted to believe he did it. Throughout the movie, the real townspeople make remarks about it and that's what is so hilarious! Their Texas drawl and how frank, funny and honest they are. Good ol'hometown stuff. If you lived in Texas for awhile, you'll know what I mean. These are "my" people! The real Bernie is in prison in Beeville, TX. Kyria, you've got to watch it. It's so good that when it's out, I want to buy it. I could watch it over and over because we were laughing so hard at some of the lines, we missed some. Excuse me, Kyria, I'm a ramblin' rose and I tend to ramble a lot. I'm glad you found out it's a buckeye.

  • Z
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Oh thank you so much Donna. I felt terrible for my earlier comments, but by the time I checked the movie out I was sure others had viewed and seen it so instead of deleting it I figured I bet explain myself. Phew! I'm glad it wasn't just me thinking it was funny and that it was intended to be funny. I hadn't heard of it before last night. I'll have to look it up.

  • Donna R
    on Sep 21, 2012

    As you probably saw, Shirley McClaine (sp) plays the elderly woman and she does it so well.

  • Z
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Yes she does. She's the perfect actress for a part like that. Sure makes you feel sorry for the real old lady that got killed in such a terrible way. I do hope the first shot killed her even if she was mean old woman.

  • Bernice Westover
    on Sep 21, 2012

    To kill moles with castor beans get a little table, put several small dishes on it . Fill dishes with castor beans, add different spices and foods to the different bowls i.e. carrots, grass, parsley. Make a sign with large bold letters "FREE TO MOLES ONLY, ALL YOU CAN EAT" (has to be large and bold letters as moles have very poor eyesight and unfortunately have no external ears, otherwise they would wear glasses.

  • Leida R
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Bernice Westover, huh!!! Is this for real??? : )

  • Bernice Westover
    on Sep 21, 2012

    No, just my sense of humor! LOL They do have very bad eyesight.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Re: Bernie. My hubby & I have jokingly said that Danny Buck Davidson never looked so good! That's Matthew McConaughey's character. ;-) If you saw our DA in real life, you'd understand!

  • Donna R
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Matthew played a good part. Is Danny still the DA? Wonder how he felt about how he was portrayed? There was a woman who's last name was McConaughey in the credits. Wondered if it was Mathhew's mother, since he's Texas home-grown. You've got to watch it! Especially since you know the people. The funeral home is still up and running, right?

  • Z
    on Sep 21, 2012

    I think it would be weird to watch a movie that made fun of a town tragedy. Wasn't that weird Donna? Even if the old lady was mean, it seems weird they made the movie a comedy.

  • Donna R
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Well, it was sad and funny. It's the locals that made it funny, just things they would say. Actually, I felt sad for Bernie. Everyone did in the movie and in real life. The old lady, well, she kind of brought it all on herself.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 22, 2012

    To answer Donna's question, yes, Danny Buck is still the DA. I wonder about that, too. I imagine we will see the movie eventually. From what I hear, it's a dark comedy.

  • Z
    on Sep 22, 2012

    I think I'll have to check it out sometime. I didn't see it listed as still in the theaters around here so I'll have to wait until it's on TV incase I don't care for the it's "Dark Comedy" style. Thanks for adding that info Kyria.

  • Donna R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    I wouldn't call it dark humor. It's just very entertaining the way they told the story. No, it's out of the theaters and on pay TV. You should be able to rent it as well. I think you would like it Becky. It's more about Bernie and not all about a murder so much. Bernie was a very colorful character.

  • Donna R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Becky, here's the best way I can put it...you are going to snort a lot! Your snorting will get in the way of hearing the next funny line and then you will have to watch it again!

  • Z
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Snort! Snort! Thanks Donna. I'll have to ask my son if it's on Netflix. He gets that and I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I watched it.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 22, 2012

    What's hilarious is how my original thread has been totally hijacked! :-D

  • Leida R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Kyria B, HAHAHA!!! That's what we normally do. : )

  • Z
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Well Donna and I are among the founding members of the Ramblin' Rosies. And that's what we do best. I'm glad you added a smiley face Kyria. We don't really mean to take over threads we just can't help ourselves. 8^}

  • Ellen H
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Kyria, at least they waited until you identified the tree before they hijiacked it :)

  • Z
    on Sep 22, 2012

    That's right Ellen. We aren't mean, just chatty!

  • Marg C
    on Sep 22, 2012

    my first thought was chestnut. Glad you identified it.

  • Susan S
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Oh Kyria - you want to see hijacking at it's finest. Find the thread by Carla about the Spider. I think it's up around 300 replies now and I figure only the first 50 are actually about her spider. We covered a whole lotta ground with that one and it's still going strong. I think that's where Ramblin Rosies was "conceived"!! We just can't seem to help ourselves - it just happens!!

  • Leida R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Becky, I did not comment too much on this thread, but don't forget that am also part of the Ramblin' Rosies' group.

  • Z
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Leida, if you noticed my message posted just a minute after yours so I didn't see you there. I mentioned Donna because she and I were talking back and forth about the movie.

  • Kyria B
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Love the name Ramblin' Rosies! Sorry, Susan, arachnophobia dictates that I NOT check out that thread. ;-)

  • Leida R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Becky, I know, and also do understand the timing thing here. I think that comments should automatically be viewed as one is finished with it, and had posted it. I mean even if one has that thread open. : )

  • Ginger H
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Many old timers say if you put one of these Buckeyes in your pocket you will never have arthritis or rhumatism. Don't know if it works but, the nut/seed is so smooth it is rather soothing to roll around between your fingers.

  • Becky H
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Oh, and ladies, the remark about castor beans and moles is confirmed by my MIL's statements. The answer to how does it get rid of them is, according to my MIL, they dehydrate. Castor beans/Castor oil................you get it?!

  • Leida R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Yes, got it!!!

  • Leida R
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Kyria B, arachnophobia??? I think one thing we have not commented on the Ramblin' Rosies' thread about has been that kind of thing. Am I right to say that, ladies???

  • Becky H
    on Sep 22, 2012

    No Leida, it was just posted to several existing leads/posts prior to developing the Ramblin' Rosies.

  • Susan S
    on Sep 22, 2012

    We may have touched on arachnophobia back when Tania posted her spider pic because I specifically remember discussing having the "willies" when it comes to spiders. I am soooo with you Kyria and I think Sherrie is the same as well!! Two things in life I don't take part in: 1) I DON'T DO MORNINGS and 2) I DON'T DO SPIDERS!! Thank you Ginger for the info about Buckeyes. At the very least sounds like it could be a stress release to "play with the nut in your pocket"!! Becky - so you're back from vacay!! We missed you - where'd you go, what did ya do, who'd you see? Inquiring minds (i.e. nosey Rosies) want to know??? So, do yu know where I can get some castor beans??

  • Becky H
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Susan, I found Ramblin' Rosies, so have begun to catch up there. When I lived at home w/my parents, we had castor bean trees. THEN I knew where to procure them. Those trees are so prolific, we hated them. Trees just popped up everywhere around it. We had skunks, but no moles!!

  • Z
    on Sep 22, 2012

    Well I don't think I could kill any critter that way Becky H. It seems cruel and inhumane. We may not like them and what they do to our yards, but I just don't think I could kill them in that way. Too long and drawn out and I've heard miserable. I mean they are God's creatures too. Susan, I'm glad I wasn't eating when I read your "play with the nut in your pocket" comment. I'd have lost it all over my keyboard and monitor.

  • Susan S
    on Sep 23, 2012

    Evidently I'm in the dark about what kind of terror castor beans can inflict BUT I have to tell you that if your yard was riddled w/mole tunnels and your bulbs and various other shrubbery (azaelas) were eaten by these varments you wouldn't be quite so sympathetic. SOMEBODY SEND ME SOME CASTOR BEANS!!!

  • Pamela Finke Tapp
    on Sep 23, 2012

    I forget what the tree is called but we called them Horse Chestnuts, or Buckeye's.

  • Z
    on Sep 23, 2012

    Susan we have them all over our land here, but so far they've not eaten anything valuable. They just tear up the ground. Hubby just goes around tromping down the ridges they leave. I'm not saying I wouldn't want to get rid of them, I just hate doing it in such an inhumane way. If you're going to kill them do it fast.

  • Becky H
    on Sep 23, 2012

    Becky, if you'd like, we can arrange for a colonoscopy appt. for the "prepped" moles. If they don't survive afterwards, we can blame it on modern medicine. Feeling more humane now?

  • Z
    on Sep 23, 2012

    LOL Oh my Becky! You are hilarious. If it weren't for my head I'd have snorted loud enough to wake my neighbors.

  • Evelyn R
    on Sep 23, 2012

    I'll have to check out the Ramblin' Ladies, I've enjoyed this post. Osage Oranges, did y'all know they will drive out those nasty, nasty ROACHES.

  • Susan S
    on Sep 23, 2012

    Thanks for that tip Evelyn R. Fortunately that's one nusiance I don't have to contend with. No indoor critters - just outdoor varments!! Becks - You still dealing w/ a horrific migraine? Is it sinus related?

  • Becky H
    on Sep 23, 2012

    Evelyn R. come visit us on Ramblin' Rosies.

  • Z
    on Sep 24, 2012

    Right now the meds are working Susan but I know it's not over with yet. Thanks for asking. I do believe this one was triggered by the seasonal changes so it's allergy related, hence the massive facial pain. I'm extremely sensitive to light and sound too.

  • Annie Doherty
    on Jun 25, 2016

    I know nothing about the tree in question but I haven't laughed so much in ages you ladies are hilarious thank you, being part of the rambling roses thread can I ask Evelyn R about Osage oranges and Roaches? Please.

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