Tree Identification East Texas

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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q tree identification east texas, gardening, 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.
q tree identification east texas, gardening, Here s one partially eaten by something
Here's one partially eaten by... something.
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  • Gail Gail on Sep 20, 2012
    would help if there were leaves--

  • Leida R 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 Lynne Brunkow on Sep 20, 2012
    almost looks like a buckeye

  • Cindy R Cindy R on Sep 20, 2012
    possibly a osage orange (MACLURA pomifera). native to your part of Texas, grows to 60' tall.

  • Bernice Westover 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 Marci Green on Sep 20, 2012
    Most definitely NOT a Lychee or a Longan.

  • Tracey Davis 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 Evelyn R on Sep 20, 2012
    Not osage orange - they're pebbly and green and there are nasty thorns on the branches

  • Leida R Leida R on Sep 20, 2012
    Tracey Davis, thank you for that info as I did not know that.

  • Diana Slater Diana Slater on Sep 20, 2012
    Loquat possibly, but Id need to see the leaves

  • Leida R 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 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 Kyria B on Sep 20, 2012
    Plus, East Texas is not quite tropical.

  • Kyria B Kyria B on Sep 20, 2012
    Buckeye is a possibility, but I'm not sure. Doing further research...

  • Claire Claire on Sep 20, 2012
    not a loquat..I have many of those in my yard and this is not it :)

  • Teressa Hasty Teressa Hasty on Sep 20, 2012
    Could it be a Persimmon?

  • Leida R Leida R on Sep 20, 2012
    No. Not a persimmon.

  • Diane Maxwell Diane Maxwell on Sep 20, 2012
    How big is the fruit/nut? It's how to tell from the picture.

  • Mary M Mary M on Sep 20, 2012
    pignut hickory?

  • Miki Simic Miki Simic on Sep 20, 2012
    I'm pretty sure you got a medlar tree on your hands:) Pretty & yummy!

  • Sandra B Sandra B on Sep 20, 2012
    looks like a buckeye to me..

  • Lori Johnson Lori Johnson on Sep 20, 2012
    red buckeye: Aesculus pavia Hippocastanaceae...yes?

  • Cheryl Grogan Cheryl Grogan on Sep 20, 2012
    But what do you do with buckeye?

  • Helen Vanella 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 Nola Baker-Ramirez on Sep 20, 2012
    Loquat, maybe? Hard to tell without seeing the leaves.

  • Kyria B 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 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 Harlee Jenkins on Sep 20, 2012
    how 'bout a Paw-paw...asimina triloba???? They grow there and are sure tasty!

  • Kyria B 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 Roseanne Comer on Sep 20, 2012
    Looks like a loquat, but not yellow me thinks!

  • Leida R Leida R on Sep 20, 2012
    Jean Bonham, you said Castor beans get rid of moles. INTERESTING! How???

  • Karen Griffin Karen Griffin on Sep 20, 2012
    Definately not a loquat! Looks like a horse chestnut to me!

  • Mary Jo Kekllas 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 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 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 Tracey B on Sep 20, 2012
    Definitely not chestnuts or horse chestnuts - have a look at the link I sent Kyria earlier.

  • Sheila B Sheila B on Sep 20, 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 Robin M on Sep 20, 2012
    I agree with Sheila B. I think it's a Buckeye.

  • Sharon H Sharon H on Sep 20, 2012
    I agree with Sheila; it is a buckeye.

  • Sherry Harvey Sherry Harvey on Sep 20, 2012
    Definitely buckeye.

  • Charlene Hansen Charlene Hansen on Sep 20, 2012
    yes I think it's a buckeye too.

  • Donna R Donna R on Sep 20, 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 Kyria B on Sep 20, 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 Ginger H on Sep 20, 2012
    Yep, it's a buckeye.

  • Z Z on Sep 20, 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 Z on Sep 20, 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 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 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 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 Donna R on Sep 21, 2012
    As you probably saw, Shirley McClaine (sp) plays the elderly woman and she does it so well.

  • Z 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 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 Leida R on Sep 21, 2012
    Bernice Westover, huh!!! Is this for real??? : )

  • Bernice Westover Bernice Westover on Sep 21, 2012
    No, just my sense of humor! LOL They do have very bad eyesight.

  • Kyria B 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 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 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 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 Kyria B on Sep 21, 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 Z on Sep 21, 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 Donna R on Sep 21, 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 Donna R on Sep 21, 2012
    Becky, here's the best way I can put 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 Z on Sep 21, 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 Kyria B on Sep 21, 2012
    What's hilarious is how my original thread has been totally hijacked! :-D

  • Leida R Leida R on Sep 21, 2012
    Kyria B, HAHAHA!!! That's what we normally do. : )

  • Z Z on Sep 21, 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 Ellen H on Sep 21, 2012
    Kyria, at least they waited until you identified the tree before they hijiacked it :)

  • Z Z on Sep 21, 2012
    That's right Ellen. We aren't mean, just chatty!

  • Marg C Marg C on Sep 21, 2012
    my first thought was chestnut. Glad you identified it.

  • Susan S Susan S on Sep 21, 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 Leida R on Sep 21, 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 Z on Sep 21, 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 Kyria B on Sep 21, 2012
    Love the name Ramblin' Rosies! Sorry, Susan, arachnophobia dictates that I NOT check out that thread. ;-)

  • Leida R Leida R on Sep 21, 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 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 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 get it?!

  • Leida R Leida R on Sep 22, 2012
    HAHAHAHAHA!!! Yes, got it!!!

  • Leida R 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 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 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 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 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 Susan S on Sep 22, 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 Pamela Finke Tapp on Sep 22, 2012
    I forget what the tree is called but we called them Horse Chestnuts, or Buckeye's.

  • Z Z on Sep 22, 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 Becky H on Sep 22, 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 Z on Sep 22, 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 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 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 Becky H on Sep 23, 2012
    Evelyn R. come visit us on Ramblin' Rosies.

  • Z 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 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.