Chad, You might be correct. I know we had Catalina Cherry trees when I was a kid but really don't remember what they looked like. Your mention of it rang a bell. I looked in Wiki and the picture and description are good - up to 15 feet tall, fruit is actually edible ( I know we were told not to eat them as kids. That they were only edible by the birds.), the leaf has sharp points like holly, and that it is actually native to the chaparral areas. As Catalina is only about 60 miles away (land and sea total) and we are in the foothill chaparral area on the north edge of Los Angeles, Catalina Cherry is a very good match. I will take the branch to a nursery and see if I can find a tree to compare it to. It will also be interesting to see if the fruit begins to
Thank you so much. I knew that someone in this group should be able to point the right direction.
Jan in Chatsworth
From: chad schroter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 8:36:14 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Please Help on tree ID
Looks like the Catalina Cherry.
From: Jan Lauritzen <janicelauritzen@ yahoo.com>
To: Photos Iris <iris-photos@ yahoogroups. com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:39:53 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Please Help on tree ID
I know that we usually "talk iris" but I have a couple of mystery trees growing on my hill and would like to see if anyone can help me to id them.
We are clearing brush for the fire season and never noticed them before. Probably because they look so ordinary and we never saw the fruit as it is the same color as the rest of the tree.
They are about 8 to 10 feet tall and currently have the fruit on them.
I am posting a photo of the tree and a closeup of the leaves and fruit. All suggestions welcome. At least it will provide a starting point for an ID.
Thanks so much,
Jan in Chatsworth