Plant ID forum: Eastern Cottonwood (Populus deltoides); growing in my lawn

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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2015 5:48 PM CST
I have a couple of these growing in my lawn. Trying to figure out if I should yank them or leave them. Does it look familiar?



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jvdubb
Aug 3, 2015 5:56 PM CST
We call that a cottonwood around here
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porkpal
Aug 3, 2015 6:10 PM CST
Agreed.
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bamira
Aug 3, 2015 6:10 PM CST
I think that Betula pendula ,
stalk red brown white commas?
Populus not so wavy edges of the leaves
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2015 6:21 PM CST
thanks, Jennifer! I think you are right that it must be a tree!!
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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2015 6:24 PM CST
Cottonwood--as in poplar? Do you have a link for that? When I look it up, I get leaves that look quite different. :-(
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jvdubb
Aug 3, 2015 6:38 PM CST
Well, I don't even know the proper name! LOL

I just know it looks like snow around here end of May, beginning June. Then all these darn seedlings come up everywhere!! Grumbling

Everyone calls them cottonwoods
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2015 6:40 PM CST
oh, I've always wondered what tree was producing all the cottony seeds floating through the air! Cottonwood is the perfect name! I think maybe they're called poplars up here? Shrug!
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jvdubb
Aug 3, 2015 6:40 PM CST
Populus deltoides perhaps?
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Catmint20906
Aug 3, 2015 6:57 PM CST
I'm not sure! To me, the leaves on mine don't look as triangular as the leaves I'm seeing when I google it. Confused Shrug!

Here's a photo from the internet:
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here's mine:
Thumb of 2015-08-04/Catmint20906/2aaa30

To me, the shape looks different. Confused Shrug! But maybe I don't really know what to look for?
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kidfishing
Aug 3, 2015 7:03 PM CST
Here's a little one.
I think they are the same.
Thumb of 2015-08-04/kidfishing/97bb6b

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jvdubb
Aug 3, 2015 7:28 PM CST
If I remember in the morning I will take pics of the ones I have not pulled out yet
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Leftwood
Aug 3, 2015 11:03 PM CST
Both Populus deltoides and tremuloides (Cottonwood and Quacking aspen) have leaf stems that are flat. Are they flat? It could still be some other poplar, but I am guessing it is something else.
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jvdubb
Aug 4, 2015 4:49 AM CST
Here are pics of one of mine
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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Aug 4, 2015 7:07 AM CST
The cottonwoods around here were very prolific this year. Heavy "snow" for almost two weeks. Hate those things.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2015 8:25 AM CST
I'm leaning towards Betula (Birch) as bamira referred to earlier but it's just a guess on my part because I'm not good at identifying or comparing photos. It's been a long time since I've been in the Northeast but there are a couple of Birches that are native to that area of the U.S. and the leaves just reminded me of birch for some reason.

For comparison, scroll down these pages and enlarge the leaf images:

B. nigra: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_nigra
B. lenta: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_lenta
B. pendula, autumn foliage: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_pendula#/media/File:201...
http://mobile.floridata.com/Plants/Betulaceae/Betula%20pendu...

When googling, I found this list of native plant list of Maryland, Va. & West Va.: http://www.plantnative.org/rpl-mdvawv.htm that might be of help.
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lauribob
Aug 4, 2015 8:32 AM CST
I'm surrounded by cottonwoods and they often have odd shaped leaves when they first come up. Your photo looks just like the ones that sprout out of my lawn all the time.
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2015 8:45 AM CST
I found this leaf photo of Eastern Cottonwood in the database for comparison, enlarge for a better view:
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 7, 2015 9:17 PM CST
Here is a close up shot I took this evening. I am not sure how to judge whether it has a flat stem or not. I guess it must be the Populus deltoides.

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Leftwood
Aug 7, 2015 9:57 PM CST
This is the flat stem I am talking about. This IS a pic of Populus deltoides, and the leaf stem is slightly twisting to show the flatness.
http://forestry.sfasu.edu/faculty/stovall/dendrology//images...


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