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Identify these plants!

Posted by Sparkletts05 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 18, 14 at 2:12

Hello everyone. I've got some pictures of various plants around the garden and was hoping to get a better idea of what they are. I live in Southern California, Zone 9b/10a if that helps some.

This first one, I initially thought was some kind of Papaya as I had tossed some seeds out there and seedlings readily grew but the leaf structure is definitely different even though the cotyledons appear to be similar. You can see in the upper left hand corner of the first image, some typical Papaya leaves from a neighboring seedling.
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Another angle:
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Stock Image of typical Papaya seedlings in my garden for comparison:
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Plant ID#2:
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Plant ID #3:
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Plant ID#4: Could this be some kind of Cherry seedling?
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Thanks again everyone!


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RE: Identify these plants!

Plant #1 looks like a tree-of-heaven seedling, Ailanthus altissima. #2 is some type of elm seedling, perhaps Ulmus parvifolia.


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RE: Identify these plants!

I have no idea what these plants are called, but I always pull 1 & 4 from my garden. I have not seen 2 or 3 in mine. I think 1 is a Sumac.


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RE: Identify these plants!

Ditto Ailanthus altissima, 3 is Cinnamomum camphora. 4 has opposite leave so not cherry.


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RE: Identify these plants!

I pull the elm seedlings all year long (similar zone). They grow quickly and look unruly, especially along fencelines. They take over a flower bed or garden. The sooner you can pull it out the better. Try to pull out as much root as possible. Sometimes I have to just cut off, but it always comes back from the root. Very hardy little plant. They spring up everywhere and are one of the signs of a neglected bed.
If #1 is a sumac it's a lot like the elm. Sumacs are ornamental, but can grow up to 10+ feet. They are lanky and tall. If they aren't kept cut back they take over and look disheveled.
Heidi in Nebraska


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RE: Identify these plants!

Maybe #4 is birch or alder?


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