Can you get and post a picture of it? It *might* be one of the zillion varieties of oak.
Celia Revel wrote:I've searched the main tree id sites, and come up with noting. This tree our neighbor has has got to be a permaculture tree, but I have no idea what. It takes drought and summer heat, sends seedlings all over the place. Grows fast. I don't think it sheds its leaves. It is the weirdest thing. It has two types of leaves on the same tree. One leaf is oval, and the other leaf looks exactly the same, but it has lobes, different numbers depending on I don't know what. The leaves are not shiny but kind of velvety, and the bark is silvery. It doesn't look like anything from around here.
Just the description of the leaves makes me think of sassafras, but we really need pictures as Topher says. If it is sasafrass you should notice a really nice smell from the crushed leaves (used in gumbo) and definitely a 'sasafrass' smell from the roots.
The first one is a close up of the variable leaves. Note how some are lobed and others are not. The second one is an overall view of the tree as a whole. The bark is silvery.
I hope these appear.
Celia Revel wrote:Ok, at least the second one showed up. The one that says photobucket on it. I guess you have to use the URL button, not the Img button to link to pictures. Thanks for your patience.
Celia, After opening the reply box, you can use the 'attachment' button at the bottom of the reply box (to the right of the options button0. Then you can post the picture right with your reply and don't need a link.
Celia Revel wrote:Mystery solved. After much searching, I have found that even though this has the distinctive marks of a sassafras tree, it is indeed not a sassafras. Apparently there is an imposter out there called the paper mulberry. It is native to Asia, a pioneer species, and considered invasive in some areas. I knew this had all the markings of permaculture.
I had doubts about the sassafras ID. My yard has sassafras as a chop and drop weed and, although the leaves are similar, they did not look quite right. I've also never seen a sassafras nearly that big, as far as I can recall.