while hiking in Central Europe the other day, I encountered a small tree having really odd looking seeds. These are about 10 cm long and contain two seeds. The outside feels a little bit like a short fur. The picture shows the open seed capsule.

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Question: Any idea what kind of tree (or bush) that is and what it needs if I want to grow it?

Thanks a lot!

  • Is there any chance that you have a photo of the tree itself, and/or a closeup of its bark?
    – Jurp
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 21:38
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    Wisteria or laburnum? But a photo of the entire plant would help.
    – Stephie
    Commented Nov 11, 2022 at 22:09
  • Sorry, picked the seeds and only afterwards thought about posting this 😅
    – Ron
    Commented Nov 12, 2022 at 9:46
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    Genista, Cytisus, etc. There are many Fabaceae shrubs (and trees) in Europe. If you took it from wild, it should be easy to reproduce without much work (if you have similar environment). Commented Nov 15, 2022 at 13:21
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    Looks very much like wisteria. Commented Nov 17, 2022 at 4:33

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As noted by @Giacomo Catenazzi in the comments, if you want to try sprouting the seeds, just duplicate their natural environment. I assume that the tree/shrub is growing in a temperate climate, with a cold winter.

  1. Pot the seeds maybe 2cm deep in a small pot with drainage holes, water well,remove excess water from the drainage saucer (if any) and then place the pot in a refrigerator or (better) an unheated shed or garage (protect from rodents if you do this).
  2. Periodically, check for sprouting.

--If the seeds sprout, move the pot into your house and treat as a houseplant.

--If the plants don't sprout, remove the pot from the refrigerator or shed in, say, late February or early March and put under lights or in a window.

  1. Water as needed.

I've had success doing this with Aesculus, Cercis, and Acer species.

Alternatively, plant the seeds outside, mark the location, protect from rodents with screening, and see what happens in the spring.

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