This one is clearer and may help identify it.
You can see the brown seed pods and the redish orange flowers. anyone know what it is. It bloomed, made seed pods and is now blooming again
This message was edited Tuesday, Jul 17th 10:49 PM
jcf - how very intriguing!! You must be in some tropical zone because this certainly looks tropical to me and yes, how much like the Albizia it is - certainly the leaves and form are almost identical. Now you have me stumped and I'm eager to know what we have here - let's hope someone comes up with an answer soon.
I could have sworn your zone did not appear earlier. I wonder if I should have my eyes tested again...lol! So you are pretty tropical.
This message was edited Tuesday, Jul 17th 11:24 PM
It looks just like a little tree that used to grow in my grandmother's yard in Alabama. Mimosa-like foliage and orange pea-like flowers that Stink? Maybe it was the pods that stunk. If that sounds like it to you, I can ask my mom next time I speak to her.
I'm going to venture it's a Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima. Here is one site for a picture:
I started some from seed this year...easy. But I have lost all but one of the seedlings due to transplanting poorly. Would you consider sharing seeds of this?
iT IS NOT THE PRIDE OF BARBADOS AND IT IS NOT CASSIA. THE CASSIA IS CLOSE BUT NOT IT. THANKS THOUGH.
AND YES I HAVE SEED OFF OF IT. IT IS GROWING ALONG A DIRT ROAD HER AND I WENT AND GOT SEED PODS OFF IT. IF ANYBODY WANTS SOME FOR A SASE LET ME KNOW.
Maybe Sesban? I did an image search...check out these pics...see what you think - I'm pretty sure it's native to GA and FLA, and is known to be invasive - pretty though!
Sorry, not it either. the seed pods average 3 to 6 '' long and are 4 sided. they turn a real dark brown when ready and the seeds inside look like little green peas with a black eye.
jcf - I'm getting as frustrated as you are. Sheesh, can't wait to find out what it is!! Why don't you take a leaf or flower/seed to the local extension office and see what they come up with. Just an idea :-)
I HAVE ABOUT DECIDED TO DO THAT ON TUESDAY. I WILL BE GOING TO TOWN THEN. ITS KIND OF A HASSLE TRYING TO PARK AND IF I HAVE TO WALK VERY FAR I CAN NOT DO IT.MAYBE SOMEONE WILL FIGURE THIS OUT BEFORE THEN.
I really wish we could have come up with something to avoid your going to the extension office. Why not email them with the photo. I know what you mean about walking far, especially in the heat. I cannot do it either. So wait a while longer, we may have an answer yet. :-)
If you would email me with details, I would like some seeds for either sase OR trade. Thanks, Kay
I'm pretty sure I got it! It's Sesbania punicea. Actually, Nan pretty much had this in a previous post. Here are two links:
check out the seed pods in this link, they're 4 sided..http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/alert/alrtsesb.html
This message was edited Sunday, Jul 22nd 7:30 PM
Finally someone found it. Jerseyguy got it right.
Thank all of you for all of your help in identifying this. Sounds like it might be a problem in some areas. I am planning to plant some in my yard. They are really a lovely tree.
Thanks again Jerseyguy and all.
i am tremendously impressed by the amount of effort all you guys went to in identifying this tree for JCF, however, after reading the link provided by jerseyguy, i think perhaps that all of you should seriously reconsider spreading this rascal any farther than JCF's yard! it seems to be creating quite a problem once it gets loose. In boston we have a serious problem with phragmites (a reed) which has pretty much taken over the length of the Muddy River and crushes all other plant life. Invasive species are something to be VERY careful with! It does look like a stunner, in spite of its reputation, though!
karenmarie - funny thing - I was on my way to the city this morning and thinking exactly the same thing. It had crossed my mind earlier but now is lurking there all the time.
jcf, I received my seeds today. They arrived in great shape. Thank you. But now I am having trouble deciding whether to plant or not. I have small grandchildren and wonder if I should. However, I do grow castor bean and datura and they are also poisonous...castor bean can kill a child with one seed...so I will probably decide to go ahead and plant at least one. I give stern warnings to the children about the garden. I wonder if the Native Americans used this for anything? Hmmm....need to do some research. Again, thank you for the seeds.
I know it says it is very evasive, yet where this one is growing it is all alone and has been there for at least 3 years. Strange uh.
Could I please get a few seeds? My brother has been looking for this for years.I can send you a SASE if you'll send me your address.