This tree is in south new jersey usa. It looks like a large bush but its actually a tree the has grown over. If you look underneath there is actually a trunk. Please help me id it
Please could you also post a link to where-ever it is that you already have it under discussion; I'd like to see the (7) comments.
Please can you give more info:
- close-up on leaves
- any sign/knowledge of flower or fruit? (perhaps ask neighbours)
- any unusual characteristics? (scent of buds, latex sap...)
- any other specimens of it in the area?, hopefully not pruned into a rounded shape - so the more natural form of the species is revealed
- are the leaves arranged alternately along the stem, or oppositely, and if the latter, in twos or threes?
The reason I ask the last question is because, if I were to have a stab right now, I'd suggest Catalpa speciosa, which has its leaves in whorls of three (though that is not actually unique in itself).
The tree is on my parents lawn 100 miles away. Im trying to get better pics. What I can tell you is that the tree produces no flowers. But the leaves look very similar to the tree you mentioned. There are no other trees like that in the area. Ill get more pics for you
Ah - those photos help a lot; I can see some leaves in whorls of three. Because of that, and various other little things, I am sure it is Catalpa. You could perhaps get your folks to check that by crushing a leaf and seeing if it gives a strange odour.
In the US, the two most likely species are C. speciosa (northern catalpa) and C. bignonioides (southern catalpa).
They are differentiated mainly by flowers and seedpods - which we don't have. You can do some more research yourself now that I've given you those two names to go at.
But I do note that there is a dwarf form of C. bignonioides, C. b. 'Nana', which might be what you have
- http://www.floridata.com/ref/c/catalpa.cfm. Like I said, it might be grafted.
That's the best I can do.
If you are note sure what I was on about in mentioning 'whorls of three', the right-most photo here shows it: