What tree with red fruits?

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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    These red things on the tree next to the Pseudolarix caught my eye. Are they fruits? I was trying to find a term to describe the shape; the closest I came up with is clavate.

    I would think all the broad leaves in the photo belong to the same tree.
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    It might have a tag, but I couldn't get near it.
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    No idea! I'm wondering if those are fruit, or perhaps insect galls?
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    That's what I wondered, but I don't have much experience with galls and can't figure out what the tree is to search for its favourite galls.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I recognized the building, so knew the photo was taken in the Winter Garden. It still took me 15 minutes to figure out where the plants were. I saw the fruit before the saw the Pseudolarix. It is definitely fruit. It is Chimonanthus praecox! Kind of an iconic species of a Winter Garden. I have collected them before. Surprised I did not recognize them.
     
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    wcutler Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Glad I could remind you of them, Eric. Thanks for the ID. I see that I've photographed the flowers but never the fruits. I must have used to be able to get closer to it - I have a label photo for Chimonanthus praecox 'Grandiflorus'.
     

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