weed or plant?

hlbryantAugust 10, 2014

i was all ready to dig this up until i saw the base of it. the base looks pretty big for a weed, unless the previous homeowner just cut it back for years instead of digging it up. could it be a plant they cut back for other reasons?

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hlbryant

sorry...don't know how to post more than one pic at a time...

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:11AM
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hlbryant

one more

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:12AM
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Shrubbish(5b)

I just went out and double checked against the trees growing in my yard. This is a black walnut.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:20AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Besides the fact that you probably don't want a tree that close to the house, black walnut roots, nut hulls, and leaves weaken and/or kill many other plants and trees:
http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/fruits/blkwalnt.htm

Disclaimer: I can't tell a black walnut from an English walnut or a hickory. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I will confirm your ID.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:58AM
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esh_ga

I would have said walnut. Too many leaflets for a hickory.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 4:08PM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

I agree - Black Walnut or the very similar Butternut. It's a tree, you don't want it up against your walkway.

I've read about that juglone toxicity too, but I sure don't see any bare areas near the walnuts around here. And the dayliies and other stuff growing around the sapling in the pictures don't look too unhappy.

WW

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 5:57PM
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weedwoman(z6 NJ)

I just looked at the article again and realized that daylilies are listed as Juglone tolerant.

WW

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 6:00PM
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hlbryant

Thanks everyone! The plants around it do seem to be fine with it around but it is growing close to the house so I will have to remove it. Now that I know what it is, maybe I can find another place for it.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 7:26AM
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