Shrub/Small Tree ID

persimmons(6b Southern Mass)June 16, 2014

The plant's new leaves are VERY glossy, and red. The branched out leaves are bright green and are soft, not fuzzy.

In total, the plant is about 5-6" tall, and seems that it could grow taller if I weren't keeping it in check.

I'm afraid that it's something toxic (like poison sumac), but there's a chance that it's something that fruits. It's growing in a section of the garden where raspberries, mulberries, lilacs, and roses grow. Can anyone identify this plant?

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lycopus(z5 NY)

Looks like an ash.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 9:20PM
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esh_ga

Agree.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 10:39PM
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persimmons(6b Southern Mass)

Thanks for the potential ID. I'll be checking this year for the "samaras" In previous years I've been cutting off the fruit and new branches to keep the plant at its current size. The hope was that if it was actually a bad plant it wouldn't spread.

~Persimmons

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 9:57AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

If it's an ash you've been regularly cutting back I'm surprised it has produced any fruit. If you Google 'ash keys' do they look familiar?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 10:15AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Read about emerald ash borer. Sadly, probably best if you remove it, unless you want to commit to chemical treatments for the rest of its' life.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 10:37AM
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