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Old 09-01-2015, 02:11 AM
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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The fruits are about the size of Schinus (Pepper) trees, and, they each have a single, papery-covered, seed. However, the color of the dried seeds & their coverings are brown . . . not pink or red, like the Schinus I am familiar with. But, these single seeds are very hard, like those of Schinus.

The twigs on the bush holding most of the leaves (which remind me of Schinus, too) are up to 3" long, and spiked on the end . . . which reminds me of Pyracantha . . . but, the fruits are wrong for that. (For one thing, the color of Pyracantha fruit are reportedly red, orange, or yellow . . . while the seeds I have are brown, both inside -&- their outer coverings.)

There are two bushes. The owners bought them when they bought the yard they are in, but they were bush shaped then. They decided to prune them like trees. Yet, they never got much taller than their 5' fence. And, they've lived there for 12 years. . . . Perhaps growing in heavy clay soil has stunted their growth (?)

Their bark is dark brown & rough with furrows.

Their seeds are irregularly rounded.

Their spike-ended 3" twigs grow out alone --here & there-- from different spots on a branch, going in different directions . . . instead of two growing out of a branch at the same spot on opposite sides of the branches they eminate from.

Their leaves are green, the longest are about an inch long, and thin, though not exactly pointed on the ends. I don't know how well they keep it watered, and we are having drought conditions, too. Plus, they grow in heavy clay soil.

There is no aroma I pick up from crushing its leaves, or removing the covering from its fruit, or scratching its stems . . . other than a very slightly 'green' aroma.

Can anyone give me a better idea of what name of plant/s I should narrow my search efforts to . . . ?

Or --if it sounds like variety of either Schinus or Pyracantha after all . . . which one it is . . . if someone knows?

Sorry that I have no pictures!

And . . .

Thank You in advance!
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:09 AM
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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Sorry, I read that wrong, and thought the fruit was paper-covered. Made me think of tomatillo.
Just saw you said seed paper covered. Sorry not more help.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:42 AM
Location: South-Western USA , desert
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I just noticed that the Schinus trees all seem to have leaves that are divided into leaflets,

while these plants seem to have single leaves about the size of the Schinus' leaflets.

Also, that these leaves grow directly out of the branches & spike-tipped branch-lets, sometimes several at a time.

Plus . . . the thickness of the 3" long end-spiked branch-lets is only 1/8th of an inch.

That's OK, 'TerraDown'!
A photo from me would certainly make this much easier fo those I have asked!
Thank you for wanting to help!

Last edited by 2Q&Lrn&Hlp; 09-01-2015 at 05:54 AM..
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