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Author of fiction novels, short stories, book reviews and other online content, Peggy Cole has been writing articles on HubPages since 2009.

The hearty nature of the Triadica Sebifera, known as the Chinese Tallow or Popcorn Tree, is responsible for its exponential growth rate.

The hearty nature of the Triadica Sebifera, known as the Chinese Tallow or Popcorn Tree, is responsible for its exponential growth rate.

The Popcorn Tree

The tree that lives In my back yard

Has come through winters long and hard

Survived the drought, withstood the rains

The foreign tree that still remains.


With heart shaped leaves and popcorn fruits

The tree is known to sprout from roots.

Survives in pure and salty soil

Transforms the dirt its toxins spoil.


This hearty tree Invades the plains

Until no native plant remains.

Invasive plant from the Far East

The Chinese Tallow is the beast.


The tree that spreads as if a weed

When in the spring begins to seed

Among the most destructive five

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I should not let this tree survive.


For thirty years she’s given shade

Beneath her limbs our plans were made.

Her name now known, her leaves a crown

It seems a shame to cut her down.

Rustling Leaves - 53 Seconds of Tranquility

Each year with the arrival of fall, the leaves of the tree in my backyard transform from deep green into glorious shades of red, yellow and brown. Following the first freezing temperatures, it drops a blanket of crackly, colorful leaves into the yard. Even with bare limbs in winter, the tree supports a blanket of glistening snow where doves, robins, red-winged blackbirds, finches, sparrows and other birds roost within the branches seeking out the remaining fruit that looks like popcorn.

In spring, bright fists of green emerge to welcome warmer temperatures. It's one of two trees we planted years ago. Unknown at the time it was planted was that this tree was included on the list of five most dangerous and invasive species.

Birds roost in the bare limbs seeking the popcorn fruit of the Chinese Tallow tree.

Birds roost in the bare limbs seeking the popcorn fruit of the Chinese Tallow tree.

When I bought the tree many years ago at the flea market, I asked the seller what kind of tree it was. He hesitated, scratched his head and told me it might be a popcorn tree. How was I to know that was an invasive species?

This tree survives the harsh temperatures of triple digit summers and snow filled winters.

This tree survives the harsh temperatures of triple digit summers and snow filled winters.

Learning to identify trees by the shape of their leaves led me to an important discovery about my favorite tree. When I planted it, the tiny twig stood around two feet tall. After only a few years, the sapling transformed into a mature, hearty tree that provides shade, comfort and tranquility with its soothing, rustling leaves.

Unfortunately, the fast growing nature of this tree results from the ability to reproduce itself in a number of ways. The seed pods drop to the ground and quickly form new seedlings. Saplings also sprout from the root system to form new trees.

Seedlings spring up from the roots.

Seedlings spring up from the roots.

Seeds that drop into fertile dirt rapidly sprout into saplings.

Seeds that drop into fertile dirt rapidly sprout into saplings.

People often comment on the majestic and shapely tree that has grown tall in my backyard. Some have asked what kind of tree it is. After years of wondering, my curiosity got the best of me and I asked the professional tree trimmers. They said they didn't know. Neither did anyone else I asked.

The popcorn fruit appears when the pods open.

The popcorn fruit appears when the pods open.

The tree identification tool from the Arbor Day Foundation is easy to use and free.

This reliable source is handy for identifying the specific type of tree based on the answers to a few questions about the shapes of the leaves, the way the leaves form on the stems and the type of fruit or blossoms it produces. The online data base can tell you what type of tree it is and provide photos for comparison.

Seeds Form in the Summertime

Seeds form from the pods and drop to the ground to start new sprouts.

Seeds form from the pods and drop to the ground to start new sprouts.

History of the Popcorn Tree

The Triadica Sebifera of the family Euphorbiaceae was originally imported from China and brought into South Carolina in the 1700s. The hearty nature of the Triadica Sebifera, known as the Chinese Tallow, is responsible for its growth in numbers and since the early 1970s has been considered an invasive plant in the Carolinas. The US Department of Agriculture lists the Chinese Tallow, also called a Popcorn Tree, as being among the top five most destructive non-native plant species in the south.

Fall colors change with the year, sometimes orange, other times yellow and rust color.

Fall colors change with the year, sometimes orange, other times yellow and rust color.

This rapid growing deciduous tree can reach sixty feet tall with a base of three feet in diameter. Studies show that the Tallow tree can actually change chemical properties of the soil and alter composition and structure of native plant communities disrupting the natural ecological balance.

The exponential growth of this invasive species has been reported as "dramatic across three states, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas by researchers in forest inventory and analysis. The USDA says the numbers of these trees have grown by over three hundred percent (370%) over the last sixteen years.

Stems form with seeds that become new sprouts when they reach the ground.

Stems form with seeds that become new sprouts when they reach the ground.

February 2002 - See the tree how big it's grown.

February 2002 - See the tree how big it's grown.

February 2018, a robin seeks out the remaining fruit on the tree.

February 2018, a robin seeks out the remaining fruit on the tree.

According to the Regional Forest Health coordinator, this tree is not that invasive, rather, more troublesome in the sandy plains and in creek beds where the seeds take root and choke out other species.

Thankfully, it isn't required to be cut down and there is no penalty for planting this particular invasive species. For now, the tree remains the joy of our back yard, a haven for birds, bees and a key member of the landscape.

Trees - Alfred Joyce Kilmer

According to the FLEPPC, (Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council), "The Tallow Tree or Popcorn Tree is considered a common agricultural weed in Taiwan, requiring constant effort and expense to hold at bay". The tree survives in freshwater and saline soils equally well, its range into natural areas known to disrupt naturally occurring plant communities.

The spread of the tallow tree occurs through microscopic spores blown by the wind, through seeds dropped into runoff waters, by underground root systems that produce shoots and by birds eating the fruit and spreading the seeds in their droppings. It can also spread on the blades of mowers and can root from cuttings off limbs. Its leaves contain toxins than can alter the soil, forming unfavorable conditions for native plant species.

According to Texas Invasive Organization this species ranks among the Black-lands Prairie's Dirty Dozen for its ability to reduce habitats for wildlife. The Chinese Tallow tree is present in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina and Texas.


APA Southern Research Station - USDA Forest Service (2009, January 12) Five Invasive Plants Threatening Southern Forests in 2009 Identified

FLEPPC, Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Texas Invasives Organization

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peg Cole


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 06, 2020:

Thanks for dropping by, Jim. Sadly, the popcorn tree didn't make it through the winter of '18. We had to have it removed. All that remains is a giant trunk stump now. Planted a couple of twigs in the yard this spring to help ease the pain of its loss.

Jim Henderson from Hattiesburg, Mississippi on May 06, 2020:

I learned much about the popcorn tree and its background. I think your poem was a very succinct capture of background and to somewhat, the character of the tree, especially how it made itself a part of your family's experience.

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 23, 2020:

I meant the tree. But now the article is alive and well, shame about the tree.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 23, 2020:

Hi John, Nice to see you here on this tree poem. Your comment made me realize that I'm due for an update on this. Unfortunately, the tree failed to come back in spring 2019. I hired a tree service to cut it down and we discovered it had some sort of rot or a lightning strike that left a large brown area dead within the base. The stump that remains is nearly 2 feet wide. I miss the shade and comfort of the rustling leaves and my dear old tree friend. Or did you mean, is the article going strong?

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 22, 2020:

This was an interesting hub. The tree quite attractive, Peg. As this was written six years ago I am interested to know if it is still going strong.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on September 25, 2013:

Pamela, we've planted literally dozens of trees in the yard in the hopes of having an orchard one day. I've tried apples, pears, about 40 pecan trees, pine trees and most if not all have been killed by the drought. It even killed my Christmas tree which had made it 15 years.

Just this year I planted a Red Bud tree and it only took a few months to die. I'll admit to the blame. I think they need to be watered. The only thing that grows really well here is the scrub oaks.

Pamela N Red from Oklahoma on September 25, 2013:

I love all trees and have more than a dozen in my yard which is just a town lot and not an acreage.

I never let other people's opinion decide whether or not I keep or even plant a tree. I have two black jack trees in my backyard that are not very pretty. They are a scrub oak that is native to Oklahoma and normally cut down when people build a home. They grow slow and aren't much to look at but they do well in our harsh climate and provide shade so I have kept them.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2013:

Hello RTalloni. BOLO - hahah. That is great terminology. I've since lost the middle tree that was an Arizona Ash so I'll be writing a new hub about the removal of it. Thinking about using the title: Losing My Ash. We'll see. Thank you so much for the visit and the comment.

RTalloni on May 15, 2013:

Very interesting to learn about this tree and your experience. I'm going to be on the lookout for it now--thanks. It is beautiful, but something to think about!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 22, 2013:

Thanks for the visit Au fait. Yes, true. These are very resilient. When trees root so easily it is not a good thing to get them too close to bodies of water or creeks and streams. I think the best way to destroy the limbs would be to use them as firewood. Thankfully, this tree is pretty isolated but birds do eat the seeds and fly away...

C E Clark from North Texas on March 22, 2013:

Very interesting hub. I've never heard of these trees before.

If the tree can root from cuttings off limbs, would cutting it down kill it? You would have to get the entire root up and destroy it, and likely pieces of the root would be missed and it would just grow up again, a new tree from each piece of root you missed. You would have to be super careful to rake up every tiny piece of the tree after you cut it down to avoid those pieces taking root. It sounds like the wind has blown the seeds far and wide for 20 years already . . .

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on March 08, 2013:

Hello Duchess. I was greatly relieved to find that out. Thanks for the comments and the visit.

Duchess OBlunt on March 08, 2013:

Well, researching on line - you never know what you are going to find. Interesting, educational and entertaining hub. I'm very happy you don't have to cut down the tree.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hello Mary. Neither had I until I found the resources on line to identify the type of tree by its leaves. Thankfully, I didn't have to destroy it as I will likely lose its neighboring tree this year. The web worms have taken over and it is mostly dead. Hopefully I can get another to grow once it's down and the stump grinder finishes his work.

My Grandparents and Dad lived in south Georgia and raised pecan trees. I think they are beautiful and the fruit is so delicious. Thank you for the visit and votes.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 05, 2013:

I've never heard of this tree. I couldn't wait to read the outcome of your decision as to what to do about the tree. I'm happy you decided to leave it alone. It has given you too much pleasure to destroy it. I miss the beautiful trees that grew where I lived in Georgia, but in S. Fl. we have lots of Palm Trees and Pines, nothing as beautiful as your tree.

Voted this UP, etc.etc.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on November 16, 2012:

Dear Hyphen. Thanks for your kind remarks about the Popcorn Tree and thanks for noticing my old Buddy Lee. I hold many memories dear under the limbs of this tree. He is in so many of them.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 16, 2012:

The popcorn tree is very beautiful. Since it is established, I see not reason to bother it now. Just the picture of Buddy Lee under it is enough! Your poem is beautiful and together they make a place to rest, reflect and renew. Maybe that will become invasive in our busy, busy world!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on October 21, 2012:

Hello Denise and thanks for the visit. There are so few mature trees here that I was unnerved to think about losing this one. But I'm with you, I see construction sites mowing huge trees down all the time. I wish there were an affordable way to transplant them out here! Anyhow, thanks for the great comment and the votes. Peg

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 20, 2012:

Well written, super sleuth work and awesome poem. I am attracted to most trees and it would have upset me as well to think I had to chop one down. I'm always a bit appalled by the way people so casually get rid of trees! Nice work saving it. Rated Up/U/I

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on August 29, 2012:

Thank you for the votes and the visit, Integrity.

IntegrityYes on August 29, 2012:

I voted up for sure. WHOA!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 24, 2012:

Suzettenaples, How I miss those lovely trees that are green all year around in Florida. It was my home for many years. I remember visiting Naples when it was first under development in the early 60s. What a lovely place to live!

Thank you for dropping by to read this piece about my tree. It looks as if we may have to take out one of the other ones (Arizona Ash) which has a bad case of spider web worm. That will be a sad day. I appreciate your sweet comments about the poem. Some of them write themselves. Cheers.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on July 23, 2012:

This piece was so interesting and I so enjoyed your poem. I have never heard of the Popcorn Tree, so this was quite informative. Yes, I do know the trees around me. Oaks and maples. Not toxic as far as I know. I'm glad you don't have to cut it down. I enjoyed reading this.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 17, 2012:

Hello there Ed. Sorry to hear that you can't sleep. Sometimes I have that too. Movie titles inspired by trees - you are right. There are quite a few. I agree that Mr. Joyce was definitely a special poet to be able to write under fire. It's nice to see you today and I appreciate your visits.

You take care,


ED Kassner on July 17, 2012:

HI Peg=It's ED again can't sleep ha.Trees inspired some movies titles==A tree grows in brooklin==Roots==Joyce was quite a guy==Get this being able to write poetry while getting gased in France.If I,was being shot at you could not print my poetry.But i'm not made of joyces metal.If they said charge i would pull out my credit card.Fix bayonets=somethings broken.Wow this is going knoware--Back to the sack time==stay happy=ED

ED Kassner on July 16, 2012:

Hi Peg=ED is back. I live in Corpus Christi Tx. Yes it's dry here and yes the tree's are still chasing dogs.Even Vito and his Wise guys had to lay low until the heats off. Last time I, heard they were in montana knocking off Butcher shops.Stay happy ED.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on July 07, 2012:

Docmo- This has to be among the greatest comments I ever received! I shall treasure your words for as long as I can remember. You certainly have the gift of reading between the lines, so to say. Thank you immensely for all these kind compliments and for taking your precious time to stop by! Wow. I am truly honored by your visit.

Mohan Kumar from UK on July 07, 2012:

Peg- I found this a wonderfully eclectic mix of botanical treatise, a mini mystery of origins, a science story, a poetic conundrum and a happy ending! It takes a certain kind of author to pull this off and you've done it with such verve and style. Most of all, find this an immensely enjoyable read - which is exactly what I feel any writing should be. You are very, very good. voted up and across!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 21, 2012:

Hi B! Shade and Love and many years of rustling leaves and snow filled branches and 12 doves a perching and much more. "See the twig, how big it's grown" and I hope to be able to "Let it Be" B. Thanks for your sweet words and I always enjoy seeing you here. See you soon at your place.

b. Malin on June 21, 2012:

I Loved your Poem and story PegCole...Wonderful and Witty and Educational as well...Hey, that Tree has given you Shade and Love for so many Let it Be, Let it Be! It seems to be behaving and giving you Joy. Voted Up and Fun!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 20, 2012:

Okay! I didn't see but one earlier.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 20, 2012:

Oh boy! you could delete one of these?

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 20, 2012:

Good morning Ms. Lane! I love your play on words, seedy indeedy. Lots of grass to cut should you ever like to come and try out the riding lawn mower it is kind of fun unless you try to go too fast. Thanks for checking out this ditty and you can see more pics of the homestead on the hub Finding Myself in the Country. I enjoyed seeing your Cherry Blossoms and the kitty pics too. Still trying to make first contact with my little stray gray. See you at the Cafe? (Oh, stop me please.)

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 20, 2012:

Good morning Peg, I love your tree, so sorry you've had to discover it's seedy background, some things are just better not to know. I'm enjoying your photos, poetry, and music. I see you do have a big yard, and lots of grass to cut, nice to be able to 'picture' where you live. Regards, snakeslane

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on June 15, 2012:

Hello Dim! So nice to see another fine TREE lover. It was making me really sad to think I might have to lose this one. I'm very glad too.

Hope you are well.


Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on June 15, 2012:

I LOVE trees, so I am so glad you do not need to chop this one down at the moment. Hopefully never

A very fine hub indeed. Thank you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 31, 2012:

B. Lovely trees. Each one is special. That famous poem deserves a page all to itself but I couldn't resist including it and the song which I had never heard before, just the poem. Ah, trees that please.

Thank you for coming by B and hope you are settling in at the new place.


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 31, 2012:

Hello Prasetio. So nice to see you today taking a look at my tree. I love to hear the wind rustling through the leaves on a breezy day. And to sit in the shade and read a book. Drop by again when you have time?


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 31, 2012:

Mary, I am attached to the tree. Even now as I plot to replace it down the road sometime. Maybe with a Magnolia tree. I've always wanted a huge Magnolia tree. Thanks for the sweet comment and kind votes. It's always nice to see you.

b. Malin on May 30, 2012:

"I think that I shall never see a poem as Lovely as a Tree"...Such a Famous Poem, and now your Poem Peg, about your Lovely Tree... and I Love it, so Beautiful and such a Poignant read. I too give my Votes, of UP and Beautiful to you and your Tree Poem

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 29, 2012:

Nice poem among beautiful tree pictures. I am glad you taking care this tree very well. Thank you very much. Voted up :-)


Mary Craig from New York on May 29, 2012:

It seems ridiculous but I perfectly understand an attachment to a tree. Our ornamental pear tree was hit by wind and lightning and came down in thirds..I cried as each third came down.

Your Chinese tree is a beautiful tree. It seems to fit right in and with the birds and bees living in it, it would be a shame to have to cut it.

You have done your tree proud with your article, photos and your lovely, creative poem!

Voted up useful and beautiful.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 21, 2012:

Hi Sg, That is truly a shame. We were just noticing last night that the middle tree in the second picture, an Arizona ash, which was struck by lightning last year is now dying. I understand completely about the sadness attached to losing a tree. It isn't silly. Those took 20 years to get this big and when I think about it, 20 more years would make me...well, nevermind. Your place is gorgeous and it's a shame to lose any of that beauty.

So glad you stopped in and hope I'll see you soon.


Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 21, 2012:

I'm glad you don't have to cut it down, that would be a shame. You did an excellent job with the poem, I loved it! Lightening struck two trees right next to our house last year. One died right away and the other is now dying. We will have to cut it down soon. It sounds silly, but I love my trees. Glad you can keep yours. :)

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 20, 2012:

Hey there Alastar, I was just outside taking a video of a gorgeous butterfly showing off on one of the branches of this tree. I hope it comes out. It draws all the bees and such this time of year with its seed pods. No kidding, I had no idea this was an alien tree. What a surprise to me.

I will have to investigate the Joyce Kilmer forest and enjoy some of your foliage east of the big river M! So nice of you to stop by my woods on a sunny evening. Hope you and yours have a nice night.


Alastar Packer from North Carolina on May 20, 2012:

Well what do you know PegCole. Just goes to show that something like the invasive Chinese tallow tree can be all around you in nature for a long time and you not even know it. With the close up pic it became clear - yep, i have seen that heart-leafed tree! Better brush-up on the native flora a bit now, no joke. Thanks for this en-lightener with history and poems Peg. And to leave on a sweet note; the Joyce Kilmer forest here is a wonder of nature and has some of the last old-growth forest left east of the big river M!

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 20, 2012:

You are too funny, Drbj. We can't have a tree with a complex. In one of the pictures above, it had a split personality. (groan) Just can't help myself.

It will live on in solitary for now.

Nice to see you here today.


drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 20, 2012:

I did enjoy your poem, Peg. but don't let the popcorn tree know it's not wanted. It could develop a complex.

It is a beautiful tree, So let it be.

Enjoy its shade, but don't send it to me.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 20, 2012:

Hi Movie Master, True. I asked the guy when I got it and he told me "Umbrella Tree". Which wasn't it of course. When I had the trees in the back yard trimmed last year by professionals, the guy "couldn't remember" what it was called. So he didn't know either. Thanks for the nice comment and kind thoughts about the poem.

See you at the cafe?


Movie Master from United Kingdom on May 19, 2012:

Hi Peg, this tree is beautiful, thank goodness you don't have to get rid of it. Great that you were able to do the research to find the information on it, it just goes to show we can't always know just what we are buying!

A great hub, I enjoyed reading, loved the poem and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Moonlake, I love that name BTW. The birds and the bees should know, shouldn't they? There have been woodpeckers and Cardinals, Mockingbirds and Doves and so many others over the years; even a Roadrunner has taken refuge there when chased by a neighborhood dog. That reminds me, I have a video of that which, with some editing, might be a good addition here. The tree is close enough that I can get a good look without scaring them. Thanks for your kind words about the poem and for your visit and vote. See you soon?


moonlake from America on May 19, 2012:

What a beautiful tree. If the birds love and the bees love it how can it be bad. We have an old tree in our backyard we keep hoping will fall on it's own, but all the animals love it. Enjoyed your hub and loved your poem. Vote Up

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Dear Mar, I can always count on you for a great pun! This one seems to require it. Watch out I may get sappy over your sweet comment. (arrgg!)

I was delighted to see you here this morning and hope your classes are going well. Hoping I'm not too late to find you at the cafe. Saturday morning it's nice to linger over a cup of coffee with friends.

Love Back to you


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Hi Rosemay, I used to have a bench under the tree that was nice for a few days in the spring and fall. It's spider season here in Texas and they are everywhere so I won't be sitting under there for a while. It does provide a nice rustling through the leaves and some shade for the porch. The butterflies seem to be flocking there this morning. Thank you for dropping by and for reading the poem. Glad you enjoyed the music too! Hope you are doing well today.


Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 19, 2012:

Hello Ms. Dora, So nice to have you drop by to comment and vote. Thank you for the sweet words - "beautiful". I do love that tree. When I look out my back door I can see its green leaves and even watch as the seasons change each year.

Truly a joy to see you today.


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on May 18, 2012:

Dear Sista,

If I could get "right to the root of the matter" (oh no she didn't...!), you are just an A++ writer no matter what the subject.

This is thoughtfully researched, informative, witty (cool old tymey song!) and most sentimental. Your poetry is beautiful, as is your photography.

Voted UP & across the board.

SYS at the Cafe. Love, Maria

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on May 18, 2012:

So pleased to hear that you don't have to take this lovely tree down Peg. It looks like perfect shade to sit under and read, write or just dream. Love your poem, easy to see you would miss your tree if it were to be cut down.

Enjoyed the videos. I love flute music.

Thank you for sharing

Voting up

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 18, 2012:

Voted Beautiful, for your connection with the tree, and for the poem. "Her leaves a crown." She deserves to live.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

SubRon7, James! Hey there. I was as shocked as you I must say, upon finding out that Joyce was a man. He was killed in World War II. And how about that Robert Frost poem, also one of my very favorites. "Whose woods are these?...My little horse..." I also never knew that there was a song made from the Kilmer poem that I have loved forever. What a discovery filled week I've had.

The flute is a beautiful instrument. So glad you enjoyed these things with me. And it is good to hear from you, too. Thanks for stopping by today.


James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on May 18, 2012:

"Alfred?" Joyce Kilmer is a man? No! No! Oh well, I guess I can live with that, but that poem is my first and favorite of all time, right up there with "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening."

Your blueberries look quite luscious, Peg. I have one struggling, and will add another.

Glad to hear that you won't be required to cut it down, but, wow, what a trail that popcorn tree leaves. I really, really, enjoyed that first video. Mostly a flute, right? I love flute music. Good hub, Peg, and good to hear from you.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Derdriu, You are the real tree expert. That is evident from your many hubs on trees. I am just another hack that looked up some stuff on the net. Thanks for thinking of the verse as memorable and humorous. My 'heart shaped' appreciation to you. Oh no I'm getting worse as the day evolves. Double groan.

Derdriu on May 18, 2012:

PegCole17, What an entertaining, informative, useful discussion of a tree that will remain where it is even though it shouldn't be there! In particular, I like the profile which you establish regarding the popcorn-fruited tree. Then I really appreciate how you take all the preceding information and condense it into effective, humorous, memorable verse.

Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing, Derdriu

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Frank, Hello and hope you are doing well today. Thanks for the nice comment and for the visit.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Hi Pamela99 and thanks for stopping in today. I had no idea that this tree was considered a menace. People have actually admired it and asked for clippings to start their own trees. Now I'll know not to hand them out.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on May 18, 2012:

what a very interesting, but entertaining hub

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 18, 2012:

I had never heard of this tree before and I am glad you are not required to cut it down. It is good that you know exactly what type of tree it is and possible potential problems in the future if it gets too large. I liked your very fitting poem. Very interesting hub. Have a nice weekend.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Hi Sofs, Yes I was sad all week thinking I had to cut it down but not so far. Since I'm not within the city limits I've been told it is okay. I was rather surprised that there are no resources to help with removal if I were required to take it out and that is about $600 plus the stump grinding. We had to remove a couple of trees that went down a few years back due to high winds.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Hello Mckbirdbks! I wanted to branch out (oh no not another one) and do some research on this tree after so many years of wondering. The online resources were quite impressive in their ability to narrow down the species just by asking certain questions like "Do the leaves come off the branches evenly or alternately?" At the end of the quiz there was only one answer that was backed up with pictures of my tree!

Yep, I've become a bit overprotective of the work out here and have stamped my name all over it. Hope that will keep the pirates at bay.

Peg Cole (author) from North Dallas, Texas on May 18, 2012:

Leave it alone! Haha. That was a good one Lynn. If I may go out on a limb here (groan) I was concerned that I was in violation of some Federal ordinance by having this tree in my yard but I've been assured that it's okay. The tree police are not patrolling the area today.

Sophie on May 18, 2012:

That is sad! Sounds like you have to do the inevitable. You seem to have some attachment to the tree.. Your poem shows your heart! Take care. Have a lovely day!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on May 18, 2012:

Hello Peg. The good new is that it is a beautiful tree. It hasn't caused you harm (that you know of). Your research is so clever, an Internet quiz to identify the tree that is. The poem perfect. I liked that you inserted your name below the poems title as we all know the recent troubles with a pirate site.

Lynn S. Murphy on May 18, 2012:

For not being indigenous its pretty hardy. Most die off early. If you enjoy it and it doesn't cause trouble, I'd leave it. (no pun intended). It's a beautiful tree. And I love your poem. It actually says it all.

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