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Yet another "fern/weed" ID needed

Posted by shear_stupidity 9B (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 3, 13 at 16:37

This plant showed up all on its own about 3-4 years ago as a litte 6" tall "weed." I liked the look of it, so I left it there. It is now about 6' tall, growing in mostly shade. Any idea what it is and how to propagate?

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RE: Yet another "fern/weed" ID needed

chinaberry (melia azedarach)?


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Maybe? I've never seen berries or flowers on it, though.


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Aralia sp?


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Doesn't seem to be so.


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some type of elm?


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Could there be two different plants in there? Can you trace the stems down Both appear to be pinnate leaved but the lower one has much smaller denser leaves.


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Looks like a Golden Rain Tree to me. Very, very invasive. I suggest you cut it down and put stump killer on the stump. Definitely not an elm or aralia. It's in the wrong place for a 50' tall tree, and trust me, you don't want to spend the rest of your life killing off seedlings, like I'm doing because of several next door to me.


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Goldenrain tree was my first reaction but I'm not sure. Wait on the destruction of the plant until you get a more definite ID.

FataMorgana


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if its not Koelreuteria then its Gymnocladus, either way, its a tree and needs to be moved.


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I agree with fatamorgana: I don't want to cut it down if that's not what it is.

I took a few more pics to see if it helps. Fata, you are right about it being more than one plant. There are three. Here is a pic of the three "trunks."

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Here is a picture of some new growth on the medium-sized one.


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Here is one "frond/branch" in almost its entirety.


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And this picture shows where the "fronds/branches" attach to the main stem or trunk.


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Koelreuteria for certain.


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Ok, I'll cut it down tomorrow. Removing all these invasive plants is sure leaving holes in my landscaping!


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Koelreuteria bipinnata isn't entirely bad. I'd move it to another location
and watch it closely. It's cousin koelreuteria paniculata is a real pest.

Here is a link that might be useful: koelreuteria-bipinnata


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How would I know which one I have?


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Yours is bipinnate, hence it's name.

Here is a link that might be useful: Compound leaf


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You said to watch it closely? What am I watching for?


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Tendency to spread out by seed to natural areas nearby.


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Ok, thanks! :)


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