My husband brought home a branch of this tree but we can’t figure out what it is!!

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  • If no one gives an accurate ID, it would be useful to have a photo of the tree itself as well as the ones you've posted - what part of the world are you in?
    – Bamboo
    Sep 1, 2019 at 16:58
  • California, unfortunately I am unable to get a picture of the tree. Sep 1, 2019 at 22:16
  • To me it remembers a Fraxinus (ash). Was the plant heavy cut? (and maybe some herbicide)? Or maybe this is just one ruined branch? So to me it seems much more a monstrosity/defect (some plants do it, when heavily disturbed: a reaction which make the tree to growth too many new buds, branches, flowers from a single point). Sep 2, 2019 at 8:01
  • All 3 pictures of the same tree branch? Top one looks like Eucalyptus seed-"buttons". Middle one looks like ...Chia pet?
    – Lorel C.
    Sep 2, 2019 at 15:49
  • Here’s a pic of the actual tree, it’s not the best. But all we were able to get before leaving Sep 4, 2019 at 5:03

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I'm tempted to suggest this is a bottlebrush tree (Callistemon or Melaleuca); Callistemon is on the list of recommended species for street trees in San Francisco. The green flowers in pic 2 are found in Callistemon even though the pink and red species are far more showy; the flowers are arranged rather raggedly on the stem and the seed capsules in pic 1 are not as regularly arranged on the twig as would be normal for Callistemon. Another worrying detail is that the capsules appear to be 4-part where many Callistemon are 3-part. So Callistemon might not exactly be our guy but I think maybe close.

Edit: I came across this image from Australian Plants Online which is much in accordance with @LorelC observation in the comments about Eucalyptus. Which one though is not certain.


Eucalyptus sinuosa "Octopus mallee" there is a chance it is a related species. In any case, native to western australia

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