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Hi Mr Robin
I saw this tree lately in the mountain side and I fell in love with it
It Reminds me of the one from lion king ha ha
Could you please tell me what it's name is?
Thanks
~Fouad

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Hi Fouad,

It is definitely of the Albitzia family (genus).    I am not absolutely certain of the exact species within the family (genus).

There are around 150 species, and are often fast growing and fairly small to medium sized trees.  Their fruit is typically in a pod form.

I do not know what the flowers or pods on this particular tree look like, which would assist in a definite identification.

We can eliminate some of the species due to foliage shape, however there are still several which do fall within the foliage pattern you show.

I am not familiar with common names in your area, which is why I am showing the scientific names only.

I have been trying to figure out how to upload pictures, but have not been able to yet.  Therefore I had to search around the internet to try and find some items.

This is one possible fit based upon foliage and tree shape, the Albizia Julibrissin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_julibrissin

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/Albizia_julibrissin_leaves_01

However, it is not the only species that fits, it is a likely match.  However, one also has to base the likelihood on geography, as some species are native to South America or Africa.  This particular species is native to southwestern Asia, which would be a fit for your area.


Update:  a Lebanese colleague of a friend has confirmed this to be a Albizia Julibrissin.   Wanted to follow up and close this off properly.  

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Most of my experience is in urban forestry and landscape environment. Questions related to tree identification, tree diseases or insect related problems, soil related issues or soil science, pruning techniques or practices, pesticide related questions, fertilization of trees or shrubs, tree support systems (cabling or bracing), tree planting, tree watering needs or tree risk assessment/management, although insect related we also have a specific area dealing with the emerald ash borer.

Experience

30 years work in urban forestry. Bachelor degree in forestry. ISA Certified Arborist. ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor. Consulting Arborist. Ontario licensed pesticide applicator.

Organizations
ISA Intrenational ISA Ontario Ontario Commercial Arborist Association Tree Care Industry Association American Society of Consulting Arborists

Publications
Midland Mirror ( newspaper )

Education/Credentials
Bachelor degree in forestry. Many other post university seminars and courses in Aboriculture.

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Various commercial, residential, municipal, real estate and legal clients. Typically do not list the names.

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