Seedling ID?

farmboy1(5)December 4, 2012

I have the seedling in the attached photo growing quickly amongst some dogwoods in my backyard. It has purpleish leaves in late November with some kind of fluted edges?

It doesn't quite look like the pictures I've seen of buckweed.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

vince

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I don't know what buckweed is but that looks like a tree seedling or sucker to me. Possibly a crabapple? Are the purple leaves below it part of the same thing? And what are the reddish naked twigs to the right?

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 4:56PM
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Dzitmoidonc(6)

Pyrus, probably a seedling Callery-type pear. I tear out many all the time. I have a grove of them to do yet. Weeds from a weed tree.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 8:06PM
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Carrie B

Callery pear was my first thought as well.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 8:15PM
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farmboy1(5)

Thanks, Callery Pear makes sense. The previous owner had one planted near the front yard, and as much as I don't like it, it does nothing bad and flowers nicely and has nice color. Just the other day I watching a squirrel 20-25' feet up reaching for the little fruits.

vince

    Bookmark   December 4, 2012 at 11:58PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

and as much as I don't like it, it does nothing bad

==>> what???

using the word DESCRIPTIVELY .. its invasive ... as.. by definition.. it has come from another plant on the property.. if not from a root sucker ...

whats the upside under that DESCRIPTION???? .. only that it was free???

get rid of it ...

ken

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 8:12AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The smell of the flowers may help change your mind.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 10:12AM
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farmboy1(5)

Hmmm, my only question was to identify the seedling.

The seedling will be removed, no interest in keeping it. The larger tree, which is about 70' away and about 25' tall, very columnar, and about 8" caliper, will stay for the reasons I mentioned. I have never noticed any problems with the smell of the flowers, but they are above me and hard to reach.

Thanks,

vince

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Pears are remarkably pungent in flower, close proximity not necessary.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 10:58AM
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