Help identifying these plants

jill_wingettMay 7, 2013

This grows in the very back of my yard, under a large tree. I've tried to kill it (round up) & keeps coming back. Any assistance is appreciated!

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It looks like a bunch of cherry seedlings.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:01PM
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Maybe, but it seems to spread more like a ground cover & has never had any kind of berry

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:07PM
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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

If it is cherry seedlings (Prunus sp.) - and I agree that it looks like it - they'd probably be growing each year from seeds dropped the previous summer, and they'd have to grow a few years old before they were capable of blooming and producing cherries; at that time they'd look like young trees/bushes.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:24PM
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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Also keep in mind that even if you kill the parent tree the
soil seedbank can produce new seedlings for several years.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:35PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

they are talking about a cherry tree .. what i call the furniture cherry ...

mine are 60 to 80 feet tall ...

the birds spread the seed for miles ...

scratch around near those seedlings.. you and you probably find the cherry pits .. they are NOT suckers .....


    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 8:15AM
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At this point, if they are cherry seedlings, you should be able to reach in and pull one up pretty easily and still see the seed that it is growing from.

Just pulled up a whole bunch that were growing in a clump in my grass (perhaps due to animal scat).

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 10:08AM
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Thanks for all your responses! I'm planning on cleaning up that area to plant, so I'll leave them for a couple of years & see what happens.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:25PM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Bear in mind they'll be a lot harder to remove after a few years. You'll be dealing with a thicket of saplings not seedlings with just a few leaves.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:30PM
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