Can you identify this tree found in Northern California?

Can you identify this tree found in northern California?
http://img687.imageshack.us/g/whattreeisthis111.jpg/
These are branches and flowers pulled off of the tree earlier today.
I think it might be a mulbury or hibiscus but can't seem to find the exact species since nither has those 5 stalks inside of the yellow flower and it isn't red anywhere.
Does this plant look familiar to you?
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LM wrote:

Looks like yellow mallow. Mallow isn't a tree, though, a shrub at best.
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:23:41 -0400, dadiOH wrote:

I agree the yellow mallow flower looks similar and at least the leaves are similar in that they're palmately veined.
But, as you noted, it's a shrub, not a 30-foot tall tree.
This is why I'm so confused.
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LM wrote:

Everything grows bigger in Calif-for-nee-a :)
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I have no idea what it is, but I can tell you one thing it definitely is not: that doesn't even begin to resemble a mulberry.
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 11:40:35 GMT, Doug Miller wrote:

Looking closer, I must agree with you.
We can strike mulberry and poplar off the list.
The best guess so far is "yellow mallow", "hibiscus", and the "Gold Medallion Tree" but none have both the leaves and the flowers shown in any Internet picture that looks similar.
That's why I'm so confused as to what this tree is.
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LM;885616 Wrote:

the tree is fremontodendron-i have one in my garden in bedford uk
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 02:02:33 -0700, LM wrote:

Looks vaguely like a Tulip Poplar or "Tulip Tree" except for the number of stamen in the flower.
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wrote:

No, it doesn't.
http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/trees/images/tulip_tree2.jpg
The leaves are the wrong size. The leaves are the wrong shape. The flower is the wrong size. The flower is the wrong shape. The flower is the wrong color. The whole plant is the wrong size. The whole plant is the wrong shape.
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LM wrote:

Maybe this?
Botanical Name: Cassia leptophylla
Common Name(s): Gold Medallion Tree
http://bewaterwise.com/Gardensoft/plant_description.aspx?PlantID251
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 08:50:56 -0500, Hell Toupee wrote:

Hi Hell, (Can I call you Hell?)
The yellow flowers look the closest I've seen so far but the leaves are unfortunately all wrong for the gold medallion tree. Drat. :(
I've been googling for hours trying to figure out what kind of tree this is. It's definitely not a bush; it's 30 feet high (that's some bush) but I just can't figure out what it is.
The next closest seems to be the hibiscus but I can't find a single hibiscus flower picture that looks like the one I'm trying to identify.
That's why I asked. I'm perplexed.
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LM wrote:

Got it!
Fremontia, also called California Flannel Bush (Fremontodendron californicum) http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/2008/05/fremontodendron_californicum_1.php
http://ohric.ucdavis.edu/photos/fullsize/Fremontodendron2.jpg
Don't let the 'bush' part of the name mislead you, it also grows into a small (15-25 ft) ornamental tree.
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:23:24 -0500, Hell Toupee wrote:

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/2008/05/fremontodendron_californicum_1.php
Bingo!
How did you do that?
I've asked literally dozens of people and nobody could figure it out.
I couldn't figure it out!
How did you do that? The pictures you referenced are uncannily similar!
http://img72.imageshack.us/g/whattreeisthis112.jpg/(note this ends with a slash!) http://img72.imageshack.us/slideshow/webplayer.php?id=whattreeisthis112.jpg
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 14:35:05 -0700, Oren wrote:

That's why I asked. The closest I can get was hibiscus (I now agree that mulberry is out). I did look up poplar (aka tulip), but nixed it on the basis of the leaves.
I snapped more picture of the whole plant (shrub/bush/tree?), in situ, today as it is near where I live. You can see that it's 25 to 30 feet tall but only about 4 inches thick at the trunk although it has many trunks (almost like a hugely tall bush).
The new pictures (of the whole shrug/tree/bush?) are posted here.
http://img72.imageshack.us/g/whattreeisthis112.jpg/
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