This is in Orange County (Southern California). I tried to also take a
photo of the entire tree but there is another different type of tree in
front of it blocking the view so I could just take a photo of the top
portion. It's pretty tall, perhaps 20-30 feet tall.
I agreed with David Ross' ID of some sort of Ficus, based on the original
pictures, and I still think it's a Ficus, though I can't be sure of the species.
(Ornamental Ficus are indoor plants only, where I live.)
Maybe Ficus microcarpa?
Here's an article on ornamental Ficus (as landcape plants):
The long leaf buds and the shiny leaves with smooth edges make me think
of some kind of ficus (although some have fuzzy or lobed leaves). I
would cut a small branch and take it to a local nursery for
identification. When you ask, let them know whether it goes dormant
(even very briefly) in the winter, which will help the identification.
As an alternative to a nursery, you might visit a nearby community
college that has a botany department or even UCI or UCR.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
The thin appearing bark makes me think of the local hackberry trees here in
central Texas. Yet, when I do some research on that species, the hackberry
does not have a range in Texas either. So, I'm more confused now.
No, not hackberry, but yes, hackberry is in Texas.
The photo tree has vanilla like seed pods showing over what appear to be red
Since we don't know where the tree is located, I would call it an exotic.
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