Help ID this tree in South Florida?

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Help ID this tree in South Florida?

Location is South Florida zone 10b and I have this tree in my backyard.

I have an olive tree in the front yard, but this one in my backyard I have no idea what it is. I was told by a neighbor once this may be an oak tree, but I am not so sure.

Here is a picture of the tree and it's trunk.



At this time of the year it's blooming with flowers.





The flowers are small, and they drop on the ground.



In fact, the dropped flowers formed a carpet on the ground and it's pretty amazing.





Any idea what kind of tree this is?
 
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Old 05-30-14, 08:50 PM
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Oaks don't flower like that. The leaves look sort of like magnolia.

Your local extension office or master gardener program would be your best resource.
 
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It's definitely not Oak. It looks similar to a Magnolia, but Magnolia's have larger flowers than that and they're one of the first to bloom in the Spring, so it wouldn't just be blooming now. The flowers will bloom before the leaves come out, too.
Not sure what it is tho.
 
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Pongam, Karum Tree, Poonga-Oil Tree, Indian Beech? Pongamia pinnata or millettia pinnata? That might get you close... it may be a variety of that species. Better, closer pictures of the flowers and seed clusters might help.

https://bioweb.uwlax.edu/BIO203/2011...emil/index.htm
 
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Old 05-31-14, 06:21 AM
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From your pictures, I suspect it is Crepe Myrtle.

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Check this and see.

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XSleeper, I think you might be on to something. Certainly looks promising from the pics.
 
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Old 06-01-14, 06:28 AM
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Yeah, here's a pic of the flower buds covering the ground in a similar manner. (from same web site as above)
 
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definitely not crape myrtle. I have several crape myrtles and one of them a queen's crape myrtle. The flowers are clustered but much bigger in a crape myrtle.
 
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first to bloom in the Spring, so it wouldn't just be blooming now
Becky, they don't have seasons in Miami. It is truly weird.
 
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Bingo, I think it is a Pongam. I wonder how that tree finds it's way to South Florida.

Here are more pics of my specimen.



and a clearer view of the flowers and leaves.





One thing about this tree, if it hangs over the roof, and you have a gutter guard, these flower buds can squeeze through the holes on the gutter guard!
 
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they don't have seasons in Miami
Ha, yeah, I guess what I meant is, when they flower there, it would be during the cooler months.
 
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I wonder how that tree finds it's way to South Florida.
https://bioweb.uwlax.edu/BIO203/2011...adaptation.htm
 
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