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YB
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Wife found this tree. Don't recognize the seed pod, resembles a black walnut but it is not. Very sharp edges. Hard to remove from the tree.
Location is Western Pennsylvania.
See pic's
Any ideas?

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a102/manchez/photo4.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a102/manchez/photo5.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a102/manchez/photo2.jpg

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That is very similar!

Maybe a heart nut (butternut)? Not sure what they look like without the rind mechanically separated. :{D

YB
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Thanks Larry

but neither resembles it at all..

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Have you broken any open to see what they look like?

Might give a clue! :{D

Your sure it's not a hickory, or maybe a ohio buckeye?

YB
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actually one of the pics

show's it broken open, nothing concern-able. I know buckeyes, not even close. Same look inside as outside. I will try and get a better picture.

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Google Beech nut, looks

Google Beech nut, looks similar especially on how it is starting to open up.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&xhr=t&q=beech+nut&cp=7&qe=YmVlY2ggbg&qesig=bBj-Tnj5TNVGeZZsXHDKrQ&pkc=AFgZ2tluFc8xeoCICeXKJFfSrgk5tJXHo13T77bhClMTxWS8lnO9Cr7dSHOA6NS8i6oZCfd06zFiGx9fGiWBu2JlvGHCfyE7YA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1024&bih=578&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

YB
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It's not a Beachnut...

It reminds me of course tree bark.

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Chestnut ...

... last year's without the hard shell, which makes it harder.

http://www.acf.org/seeds_seedlings.php

http://www.healtharticles101.com/horse-chestnut-seed-extract-review/

Check out the leaves and see if you have a tree like that nearby ... unless a squirrel dragged it around for awhile.

http://www.nutrasanus.com/horse-chestnut.html

Plant it and see what comes up?

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I bet that is it!

:{D

YB
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Once again, not even close..

There is no "shell", I will try and take better pic's to post tomorrow...

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RE: No Shell

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YB, your pics were fine, hold yer horses there!

My post goes "last year's without the hard shell" ...

That crumbly stuff is between the actual seed and the hard shell, BUT during the winter, that shell deteriorates off.

I'll bet if you take a look around at the trees, you'll find your answer!

YB
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Here are more pics

showing the inside and outside. I see your point Redmink.We will be visiting the tree tomorrow and take more images.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a102/manchez/IMG_1599.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a102/manchez/IMG_1603.jpg

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a102/manchez/IMG_1601.jpg

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Ummm ...

... doesn't look like a seed is in that center (good pics).

It resembles a gall caused by insects, most common are oak galls, but there are others.

Google "tree gall pic" and I think you may agree.

YB
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I think your right again Redmink....

After taking some pic's of the tree then reading up on Gall's, I believe that is what it is... Thanks Everyone for the reply's

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That was a tough one!

Phew! That WAS a tricky one, it was really hard to say. Did you see some of those monster galls when you were looking it up? Wow.

Even though galls are made by insects, I got the sense that no one got too excited about extermination unless it was for fruit trees or ornamental landscaping.

But I'd heard a rumbling about an infestation of ash borers, so keep an eye out.

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Only you YB

Would have the 'Gall' to start a thread like this.

YB
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Hey Suss...

Don't quit your day job >;)

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Hey YB.....

I ain't got no day job, I be retired and loving it. Ho Ho Ho.

YB
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From what I hear...

you acted retired even when you DID have a day job.... slacker >:P

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