My New Outside Blog: Please Help Solve the Mystery!

Please Help Solve the Mystery!

Do you know what kind of trees these are?  I have been searching and the closest I can find is pears, crabapples or dogwood.  The first tree is slightly different then the second and third pictures, so it may be two different kinds of trees.

White Flowering trees

The picture above was taken in Heatherwood Village in Houston, Texas which is adjacent to Loutta Road.  On the other side of Louetta, the city is considered Tomball.

White flowering Trees

These trees are in Tomball on the side of Loew's in Tomball off of the new FM249.  I acually did a blog last fall about these trees with their beautiful gold and red foliage before the leaves fell off.  I thought they were birch trees, but the pictures don't match birch trees on the internet. 

Here is what the flowers look like up close.

Close up

They are very cute, and they have a slight unpleasant smell.  The flowers only last about two days and then they fall off.

Do you know what they are?  Please leave a comment.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsLiz Flint • March 11 2010 12:38PM


Wish I could help, those are beautiful trees! I'd be interested to know as well...

Posted by Tanya Stevenson, Tanya Stevenson, CDPE, 1-719-963-6582 (Park Avenue Properties Of Colorado Springs LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Liz,

I can not identify those trees, but I will research about it. They very are bueatiful trees.


Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 10 years ago

I don't know either but you take great pictures!!!

Posted by Steve Mattison, Vietnam Veteran over 10 years ago

Hi Tanya, John and Steve, thanks for you interest.  John, let me know if you find out what they are.   Thanks Steve for your appreciation of my pictures -- I'm not an expert, but I sure try hard.

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey, Liz - Identifying urban fruit trees can be an exercise in futility unless you have a fruit. Geneticists and growers have created so many cultivars and hybrids that all have the same type of flowers. Yours could be a plum, cherry, pear, apricot, peach, mulberry, or crabapple. It's not a dogwood, and I don't think it's a mulberry. My best guess without a fruit would be crabapple hybrid, mainly because there are several down the street from me just like that in your picture. However, ours are finished blooming.

I have some flower pictures and colorful leaf pictures around here somewhere but I can't find them right now. Just too many uncataloged pictures from my handy dandy Canon Rebel XSi.

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Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

Hi Russel, crabapples would be cool, I'll have to go by there after the flowers are gone and see what kind of fruit it is.

Posted by Liz Flint, Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066 (Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty) over 10 years ago

I figured if there were trees, flowers, bushes, bugs, animals, birds, etc., Russel would be around somewhere.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago

These trees look like the Bradford Pears we have here in McKinney, TX.  Nice shaped tree, flowers in the spring, but no fruit.  The first photo is a different type of tree -- not sure about that one.

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) over 10 years ago

Flowers look like Hawthorne but the trees look to big. Maybe they​ grow bigger across the pond than in sunny Wales

Posted by Lee over 3 years ago

I've been wondering this too. They do look like fruit trees, but I'm seeing them everywhere around Jersey Village and in business parking lots along 290 and such. That leads me to believe they aren't fruit trees, or we'd have a LOT more rotting fruit around this city! I'm also curious!

Posted by Amy over 2 years ago