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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Please ID this very sharp thorny skinny tree in north Texas

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NuSu
Royse City, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8905587

I'll post several photos. This "tree" generally grows next to a larger tree, even though I have also seen it growing near an open fence. The thorns are VERY sharp and if a pet gets stuck/scratched with it, the wound will swell and act infected. On the older trees I have found on the property, the trunk thorns have thickened and look like large bumps. The "tree" is extremely dificult to kill.

This first photo show a several year old "sapling". It has about a 3/4" diameter trunk.

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NuSu
Royse City, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8905589

Close up of branch with thorns

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NuSu
Royse City, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8905592

Close up of trunk on sapling.

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NuSu
Royse City, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8905598

Older mature tree trunk with thickened thorn "bumps"

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NuSu
Royse City, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8905611

older mature tree's upper trunk - still has the thorns. This part of the tree is only about 1.5" in diameter

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8905627

Aralia spinosa? http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1658/
nel5397
Groveland, FL

November 25, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8905628

hercules club?

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8905638

they are one in the same, nel.
nel5397
Groveland, FL

November 25, 2011
5:14 PM

Post #8905675

there is a Zanthoxylum that grows in the south called hercules club.
NuSu
Royse City, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 25, 2011
5:38 PM

Post #8905715

Trackinsand, the link you gave is close, but "zanthoxylum" http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/209218/
is closer on the mature tree - even though still not quite the same because my trees have fewer bumps - and the entire branch and leaf is different. Also, my trees don't have that segment where there are thorns going all the way around the trunk...

I don't recall seeing any of these plants bloom at all. I will keep an eye out next year to see if they bloom. Before I begin eradicating them from the property.

I agree it is in the zanthoxylum and aralia family. This is fantastic for now. This one has been quite hard to figure out -that's why I put it here - cuz I know you all are SO much more knowledgable than me...

Thank you all!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8905724

thanks nel, i didn't know that. just another reason why the proper name is best and yours was the "bestest" in this case! lol

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

November 26, 2011
8:52 AM

Post #8906379

This might be a better match for NuSu's plant:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/62606/

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