Plant ID forum: Help me identify these Maple seedlings

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Aug 26, 2014 3:56 PM CST
They could be different species, and they are different sizes.
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Sep 3, 2014 7:47 PM CST
Any ideas?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 16, 2015 10:59 PM CST
Bumping this
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 17, 2015 7:33 AM CST
I don't know much about maples, but at least three of the seedlings do look different to me.
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snarfie
Feb 17, 2015 8:09 AM CST
Could the 3rd be a beech?
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abhege
Feb 17, 2015 5:07 PM CST
Second one almost looks like Sweet Gum.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 17, 2015 5:37 PM CST
abhege said:Second one almost looks like Sweet Gum.


I'm noticing at least two possibly look like Sweetgum as there is a large tree 5 houses down. But different maples in our area have different leaves and one could look like sweetgum, that's why I need the experts help here ;)
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Feb 17, 2015 5:39 PM CST
And an expert I am not! Hilarious!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 17, 2015 5:44 PM CST
abhege said:And an expert I am not! Hilarious!


I didn't even think sweetgum so your better than me at it :)
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 17, 2015 5:57 PM CST
I also thought the first one looked like sweetgum, but you called them maples and I believed you. Bring on the experts!
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 17, 2015 5:59 PM CST
porkpal said:I also thought the first one looked like sweetgum, but you called them maples and I believed you. Bring on the experts!


The first I thought was sugar maple or we also have red maple and silver maple.
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Leftwood
Feb 17, 2015 8:27 PM CST
They cannot be sweetgum, as sweetgum's leaves are alternately arranged on the stem. The last two pics could be maple, too, but not the same as the others. At such a young age, these last two could be many different species, but my guess would be Amur maple (Acer ginnala) since this is a wide spread, often weedy tree in the east and midwest U.S.

The first and third (and probably the second) pics are most likely Sugar or Norway maples (and they tend to be the most commonly planted), but too early to tell positively. Keep in mind that different maple species often (or usually) cross pollinate, and intermediaries result. Your best guess will be determined by the nearby mature trees.

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