Saturday, February 4, 2006

Mystery Tree

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know a heck of a lot about tree species. I do know the basics — I can tell a palm from a maple, and I know the difference between an evergreen and the type that drop their leaves every autumn (except for the live oaks here in Florida that do it in the spring with the new growth). But when it comes to horticultural varieties, I don’t know much. (Insert obligatory joke: “You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.” [rimshot])

This tree is growing in my back yard. It is about twenty feet tall, it spreads pretty wide, and it gives off this marble-sized fruit every winter and attracts birds, especially a local flock of wild parrots. It had a twin that came down during Hurricane Katrina, and this one lost a couple of branches during Hurricane Wilma. A friend suggested that it might be a guava, but I’m not brave enough to pick one of the fruits and taste it.

So, if there’s anyone out there than can identify this tree by the leaves and the fruit it is bearing, I’d be grateful. Oh, and there’s no truth to the rumor that I’m posting pictures of green trees from Florida just to rub it in to those of you up north who are shoveling snow…

Update: Bob sent me this link. That looks like the culprit.