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SOLVED: Plant mystery

Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

Can someone please identify this plant.

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Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

I have attached 2 more photos. Notice the inverted bloom that the leaves are emerging from.

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Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

Looks like a hickory e.g. Carya glabra (just a guess). The "bloom" is actually the bud scales that were protecting the bud during dormancy and have opened to allow the leaves to emerge.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Agree with Tom - definitely a Hickory (Carya sp.). I don't know which species congregate in Niceville, FL.

Hickories are incredibly colorful and intriguing as the leaves unfold from the dormant buds. Here in KY, Carya ovata and Carya laciniosa are two species that offer similar behaviors as you've shown in your images.

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Niceville, FL(Zone 8b)

Thank you very much! It is in a wooded area across from my home. I was very curious. Now the mystery is solved!

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