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Can someone identify this tree that I have growing at my home from these leaves and this "fruit"? The ground is covered with the green, plum like orbs but they are rock hard. The tree itself is at least 30 feet tall and recently was damaged by a falling branch during a storm.

We live in the state of Virginia in the USA. We live in the middle of five acres of all kinds of trees so getting the age of the tree will be hard but we have lived here for forty years so at least that old.

It is currently summer here, temps in the 80s & 90s. The storm dislodged the "fruit" and in the winter we find hard, dark brown nuts of some type beneath these trees. I'll try to get a photo of the whole tree tomorrow.

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    Welcome to the site Onepaw! Would you please add a picture of the whole tree? Also, a few more details. Where do you live? What's your season right now? How old is the tree? Have you seen it fruit before? Have these fallen off sooner than usual, perhaps in the storm? It sounds like they're not ripe yet. Especially with identification questions, the more we know, the easier it is to help. You can just press this edit and add the information into the question. We look forward to helping you! Jul 20, 2016 at 1:03
  • Looks a little like Quince (Cydonia oblonga)? But the serrated leaves and height don't sound right.
    – Viv
    Jul 20, 2016 at 7:03
  • It could be Celtis australis if you are in southern part or Europe Jul 20, 2016 at 8:40
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    What we really need for ID is to know whether the leaves are composite, opposite, as well as what the bark looks like, so an image of a branch with leaves at the very least is essential. It's age is relatively unimportant, but your USDA zone might be useful to know.
    – Bamboo
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:10
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    Because we need more information in order to make a definite identification, I'm voting to close this as "unclear what you're asking." Onepaw, we haven't seen you in a while, but if you come back, feel free to add the pictures and anything else you can think of, then ask for it to be opened back up! I'm sure lots of people would like to know what this is! Dec 19, 2016 at 20:34

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I think it is Celtis tenuifolia, but to be really sure we need more photos (and possibly the flowers).

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