New house = What's this? What's that?

wallabearJuly 1, 2014

Hi everyone!! My very first post! One excited newbie here! So my hubs and I just bought our first home and I have become crazy about gardening. Love Love Love it! I was hoping you guys can help me identify some tree/shrub/plants we've got growing...

This one looks like it might be a Sassafras? I didn't think Sassafras trees had trunks like that...Maybe fig? I know the previous owners had fig trees that they took with them.

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wallabear

More pics..

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 10:44AM
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wallabear

Some more pics...(is there a way to post multiple pics to one post??)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 10:49AM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

I don't know the plant in picture 1 or 2.
3 or 4 is a peony that is surrounded by probably an Oak Leaf Hydrengea.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 11:02AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

1 and 2 certainly look like figs to me.

3 and 4 include peonies and probably more figs. I have no idea if oak leaf hydrangeas ever have leaves like that.

One of the best hardy figs is the Chicago Hardy variety. I don't know if it would die back in winter in your climate. GW's fig forum isn't too busy (except lately with those of us complaining about this winter's freeze), but they could identify your variety/varieties.

You can put multiple photos in a single post if your photos are located on a photo-hosting site like Photobucket or flickr (or if they're on your own web site). Otherwise you're limited to a single photo per post.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 11:56AM
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wallabear

Thanks so much! I thought those might be peonies because we had one bloom in the front yard but these in the backyard never bloomed. Maybe next year.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 12:01PM
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zone5shade

I agree about the fig and peonies. The peonies might do better if they have more space around them.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 12:18PM
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donna_in_sask

Peonies that are planted too deep will rarely, if ever, bloom.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 1:38PM
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wallabear

Since I love the peonies so much I'll make room for them the best I can. How deep should they be planted? Maybe I'll dig them out a little bit too?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 1:42PM
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donna_in_sask

Make sure they are planted in full sun...the eyes (point of new growth), should be no more than two inches deep. They live a long time and won't require moving or dividing if they are situated in the ideal spot.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 2:06PM
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