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Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

Posted by SusanCF 9 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 17:23

This grew smack in the center of a pot of oregano. I let it grow since it was so centered I thought I might have put something there on purpose. Now it's clear it's some sort of volunteer. I see a lot of them on my walks. I just wonder what it is. Sadly it will probably have to be cut down. It's sent a thick root right through the pot's drain hole into the ground, but I don't really it want a tree where it is.

This post was edited by SusanCF on Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 17:24


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RE: Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

Probably tree-of-heaven, the ironically named mega-weed. Get rid of it while you have the chance.


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RE: Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

Or maybe a Sumac...breed like rabbits...at least where i am...


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RE: Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

Thank you both. "Tree of heaven" (which is a kind of sumac) it appears to be. I see lots of warnings against letting these get started at all in one's yard, so I will remove it and its roots as aggressively as possibly, and with less guilt than I was going to have over cutting down a tree.


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RE: Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

You can see the distinctive notch on the leaflet that signifies it is Tree of Heaven, not sumac. Tree of Heaven is not a type of sumac but it does have the nickname of "stinking sumac" due to the resemblance.


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RE: Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

Ah. Well, anyway, I disposed of it with extreme prejudice. I hope that no suckers are going to pop up elsewhere.


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RE: Can someone please identify this fast growing volunteer?

I'm 100% positive that its Tree-of-Heaven, a.k.a. Ailanthus (a.k.a. Ghetto Palm).


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