The Q&A Archives: Mysterious plants in my garden?

Question: I have about 10-12 small plants erupting in my garden. I at first thought they were weeds and was tempted to pull them, but since they were all growing along a somewhat straight line I decided to wait and watch. Some of them are now 6-7 inches high. My neighbor has two crepe myrtle trees growing on the other side of the adjacent fence and they almost look like the leaves of a crepe myrtle. Could this be? Could there be a root extending into my yard which is sprouting and if so will these grow into nice flowering bushes?

Answer: Whether the new plants are seedlings or suckers, they're still crape myrtles and you should be able to dig and replant them in your garden next spring. Seedlings will have their own root systems; suckers will also have root systems but will be attached to the original root from the mother tree. You should stil be able to cut through the root on either side of each sapling and preserve each new plant without damaging the overall health of the mother tree. Losing one suckering root won't hurt the tree.

Best wishes with your free plants!

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