Date Photo Taken: November 12, 2010
Location: Decatur, GA
Posted By: Kerimbaev
This small tree has simple, deciduous, alternate, smooth-edged leaves, so you’d THINK this one would be easy since that encompasses such a small group of native trees. But I can’t for the life of me figure this one out. Our neighborhood Park has quite a few of these trees that have bright green-yellow fall foliage right now. They really stand out, and we should know what they are. I thought maybe it was alternate-leaf dogwood, but the twig/leaf pattern and upper leaf veining don’t really look like pics I found online of Cornus alterniflora. Then I thought it was Blackgum, but the bark doesn’t match, the foliage isn’t scarlet, and my leaves are fuzzy-hairy on blade and petiole. My leaves are soft and fuzzy on both sides. Bark and buds don’t match Persimmon either. Finally, Pawpaw leaves are bigger and buds look completely different. Not sure what to make of this tree. Maybe it isn’t native? There are no fruits right now and of course, no flowers. Buds are small and underdeveloped, so this is a tough one to call. Anyone have a clue? Thanks!