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Does anyone know what kind of tree this is?

 
 
Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 03:44 pm
I would love to know what kind of tree is in the right foreground of this picture. Does anyone have any idea?

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk80/landscapedesignchina/0828.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 03:55 pm
@boomerang,
Nope - offhand, at least. Where is it sited?
Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 03:57 pm
@ossobuco,
This would be a pure guess: China - based on where the picture comes from (photobucket.com/albums/kk80/landscapedesignchina/0828)
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:00 pm
@ossobuco,
I don't know, osso. I think Ragman could be right since the photo does say China landscaping on it. I was looking up idea for a front walkway and came across this photo. That tree is so beautiful and unlike anything I've seen before. I'm very curious as to what it might be.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:03 pm
@boomerang,
I thought of banyan but it doesn't fit my memory (spare) of what those look like.

I too picked up on asian/china, first because of banyan, and then the photo url.

I'm getting nowhere fast though -

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1462926/

Well, that says underground and I googled visible roots. Huh. I'm not even sure you'd call that a tree.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:12 pm
@ossobuco,
It kind of reminds me of the fig trees I saw growing in Santa Barbara. Do you think it could be some kind of fig tree?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:12 pm
@boomerang,
If you look into the photobucket album the pic comes from, you'll see that not all of the plants are real or scaled naturally. This could easily be a bonsai that's been scaled up.

At least a few of the pix are amalgalms of plants/houses/landscaping and some drawing/photoshopping (it reminds me a lot of the landscapes neohihp used to like creating).
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:19 pm
@ehBeth,
Maybe that explains it!

I just fell in love with that tree and now I know it might not even be real (sob).

I was thinking bonsai, just because it's so perfect.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:20 pm
@boomerang,
No - I know all the ficus trees pretty well.
boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:21 pm
Here's a photo of one of the Santa Barbara fig trees, it's called a Morton Bay fig:

http://tclf.org/sites/default/files/landslide/2007/fig/images/DivolaA.jpg

Maybe it's a bonsai fig tree!
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:22 pm
@ossobuco,
Yeah.. seeing them together makes me think it's not.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:23 pm
@boomerang,
No - I know all the ficus trees pretty well.

<watch me be wrong... but this time I doubt it>
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 22 Apr, 2013 04:27 pm
another pic from the same creative mind

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk80/landscapedesignchina/Decorated%20images/03910-2.jpg



there is quite a range from quite believable to you-have-got-to-be-kidding in the albums

the lighting is often what gives them away
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Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Tue 23 Apr, 2013 03:15 pm
@boomerang,
Looking at the leaf, my first impression was Catalpa (Bean tree), but I've never seen one with roots like that.
Could certainly be a japanese or chinese growing system similar to bonsai?

Or acer?

A close up of leaf would be good.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 23 Apr, 2013 05:50 pm
@Lordyaswas,
I think it's a something top of photo with a something rooty bottom of photo. But, what do I know? Anyway, the roots are interesting.
33export
 
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Reply Tue 23 Apr, 2013 06:26 pm
A member of the strangler fig family, maybe.
This one's in Cambodia.
http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/wallaceweeks/wallaceweeks1205/wallaceweeks120500092/13625780-strangler-fig-trees-engulfing-ancient-ruins-of-ta-prohm.jpg
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 23 Apr, 2013 06:30 pm
@ossobuco,
Does someone disagree with me? I would be fine to hear why.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 23 Apr, 2013 06:32 pm
@33export,
I am doubting it is a Ficus, as I said, but I can't just prove it, not knowing enough. The top and the bottom do not make sense together... I think whoever worked the photo, as Boom mentioned, is pretty smart.
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