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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 28, 2012
10:31 PM

Post #9289534

My DH and I found this volunteer little tree behind our outdoor fireplace. Since we love free plants, we just left it. Then a friend came by and said it was a Hackberry Tree and we should dig it out.

So my question would be...why get rid of it? And then I noticed THIS happening to it's trunk. The strangest thing I ever saw. Does anyone know what this phenomenon is?

bezziec

bezziec
Beverly Pflugerville, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2012
6:17 AM

Post #9289712

Looks like it might be called a bacon tree. LOL Actually, never saw anything like that!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2012
11:11 AM

Post #9289999

OMG...BACON...it does look like that!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9290040

It is called a Winged Elm closely related to Cedar Elm
http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ULAL
Cassandra78
Bryan, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2012
12:26 PM

Post #9290047

That's really neat looking! I would definitely keep it :)
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

September 29, 2012
12:42 PM

Post #9290055

I need a bacon tree! :)

bezziec

bezziec
Beverly Pflugerville, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 29, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #9290172

We had winged elms in Missouri, but they never had that nice coloration. Just gray bark, but the link posted by Frostweed looks spot on.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 30, 2012
12:10 AM

Post #9290589

Wow, thanks everyone.

I might have to move it from where it is. Think I should wait for spring...or go for it now?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 30, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9290727

It is best to move it when it is dormant, in late fall or winter.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 30, 2012
10:04 AM

Post #9290957

That's a cool looking tree! Congratulations! It's also a host for the Question Mark butterfly. Very neat!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9298356

Great pictures of a awesome tree. You need to add those to the PlantFiles database. There isn't one with the leaves and so close up as yours. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/63292/

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2012
12:33 PM

Post #9298658

Thank you one and all for your help in ID-ing the tree, as well as our official nick name of it as a Bacon Tree! My DH moved it yesterday to the front yard where some grass had died from the drought. Little guy is over 8 feet tall!

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9298662

It looks very nice there.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9298697

Great job, Morgan and hubby!!
yellow2mato
Deer Park, TX

October 10, 2012
5:23 PM

Post #9301857

I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks it looks like bacon. lol The "bacon" looks to me like it might be some type of mushroom, but that's just my guess as I always have more questions than answers.

bezziec

bezziec
Beverly Pflugerville, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 10, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9301858

If it like the ones we had growing in MO, it is a part of the bark. Even the limbs had that shape bark.
Daddysbug
Conroe, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9310664

Central Texas gardeners call this tree 'bat-wing' elm. Montgomery County gardeners call it 'wing' elm. They are hardy, long lived, and some have beautiful fall color. They will sprout in the yard from seed. Some put them in the catagory of, 'oh, not another one!' I like bacon tree for the name.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9310714

Ooh I like Bat Wing...or maybe Angel Wing? Elm??

But both my DH and I have been referring to it as the Bacon Tree...LOL...I think it's because we laugh each time we do.

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