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Can you identify this tree?Posted Sunday, September 27, 2009, at 9:41 PM
My friends and I found this tree growing in the city square in Marquand, Mo. this weekend. It had a fruit about the size of a large marble. I've never seen anything like it.
While we were there, my friend Emma and I were very curious about two small trees growing in the square. The rest of our party walked on around on the new brick sidewalk, but she and I stood like a couple of real yokels, trying to figure out the identity of those trees.
I took a photo of the fruit, which was most curious. They weren't exactly what I'd call berries, but they weren't quite crabapples, as we first thought. Emma wondered if it was a paw paw tree.
I admit to living dangerously, because we took a taste of the fruit and found that it had a sweet, tasty golden pulp, which was so full of seeds that I can't imagine it being very practical for much of anything!
Another strange characteristic was the bumps all over the fruit, giving it a sort of pin cushion effect.
Emma even stopped the city police officer, who was driving by in his squad car (further embarrassing our friends), but he didn't know what it was either. Like us, he took a bite. Emma and I are okay tonight, so I assume he survived, as well.
Does anybody know what this tree/bush is??
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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