These guys grow in thicket around a plum tree.
The height is around 3-4" feet tall.
They usually get black knot disease.
Do they flower ever?
Not that I know. They have woody stems
Opposite leaves? I'm thinking Acer negundo.
I agree with lycopus. A suckering Manitoba maple (acer negundo). Is there evidence that one was cut down? I've never heard of one getting black knot, that's a plum tree problem. Can you give another picture from further back?
Here is a link that might be useful: Manitoba maple
I believe you're both right lycopus and OVG, thanks a lot.
This is small lot (8' x 8') and I recall seeing other foliage.
which could be a plum seedling/ sucker, hence the black knot.
However, I focused on the most prolific one, which must be the Acer negundo, as there is one gigantic one growing around 50 yards away.
I don't have other pictures but I'll try to get some tomorrow.
Here is another picture. As you can there are many stuff growing. I just focused on the most prominent leaves.
I think Manitoba maple even more seeing this last picture. Looks like someone has sheared all the plants in that location, and the maple has responded accordingly.
I doubt it's poison ivy, since this far north, it is a low-growing plant.
Thanks OVG, you're most certainly right.
They get sheared by the owner every year :-)
It's indisputably Acer negundo, Manitoba maple.