Mystery Yellow Blooming Tree

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Date Photo Taken: March 19, 2011
Location: Atlanta GA
Posted By: rkbray


I am a landscape architect from Atlanta and a friend sent these photos to me to ID. I am stumped! No pun intended.
Can you please identify?


  1. Lyle Unregistered says:

    I am not exactly sure, as I have never pesonally seen a large tree with this type of yellow bloom. The closest guess I can provide based on the bloom would be a type of Witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis). There is a photo of a bloom on that page if you scroll down the left side. This is my best guess.

    March 27th, 2011 at 11:01 pm
  2. Southern Garden Coach Master Identifier says:

    @rkbray: Can you post (or email to me) pictures of this tree as soon as the leaves have unfolded? My curiosity is piqued and I need more information to go on.

    April 2nd, 2011 at 8:49 am
  3. Cynthia Unregistered says:

    What area was it growing in?

    April 5th, 2011 at 9:42 pm
  4. Sunnysue Unregistered says:

    Well, I hated to say this without an image to back it up, but it sure looks like the unopened flowers of my sassafras tree.

    I found a picture on this website since I don’t have any of my tree. Take a looksee for yourself.

    April 7th, 2011 at 10:46 pm
  5. Ritchie Unregistered says:

    It looks like the Cornelian cherry, a dogwood relative…

    April 16th, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  6. Lyle Master Identifier says:

    Ritchie may have identified this. I was not familiar with Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas) but looked it up and it looks spot on. Dr. Michael Dirr even mentions that this species is not used enough in the modern landscape. Further info is that the flowers open in March (mid-February in Athens) and the yellow flowers are effective for 3 weeks or longer. I did notice that it is rated for Zones 4-7, maybe into 8. Therefore, Atlanta is on the southern border for this plant.

    April 16th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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