Plant ID forum: Not much to go on

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Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
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MISSINGROSIE
Oct 18, 2016 1:27 PM CST
Daughter says I gave her tese seeds...
Sure I did not ....

A pot of soil....last year
This year 4 seasons later..these " sticks " with a few leaves clinging ( it is fall here in PA ). She bought the soil in this state...I did not send her with anything but seeds..coneflower, blue star amsonia, and rudbeckia maxima. These look like birch to me...what do you think? Thanking you ahead of time

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Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 18, 2016 3:48 PM CST
They do look like Birch. Maybe the seeds blew into her pots from a neighboring tree.
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
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MISSINGROSIE
Oct 18, 2016 8:39 PM CST
I did not think of that
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Oct 19, 2016 7:10 PM CST
It looks more poplar-like to me. Compare Balm-of-Gilead
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
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MISSINGROSIE
Oct 20, 2016 6:10 AM CST
I don't know much about the nuances of identification...Our leaves have serration all the way to the tips.. the poplar photo shows the leaf going smooth about 3/4 down towards the tip.... is that enough to make a difference? I think the kids will plant either way..but may make a difference as to location. These are 2.5-3 feet high..from a bare pot this spring it just had amsonia the seeds....maybe that would help identify ..that is a big spurt and the wood is not soft it looks pretty sturdy for such a fast growth.
Don't squat with yer spurs on!

People try to turn back their "odometers." Not me. I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Oct 20, 2016 1:00 PM CST
If you look at the link, you will see that it is only the lower leaf that is not serrated at the end section (not the foreground leaf), demonstrating the variation that can occur even on the same plant. A close up of the twig stem can easily differentiate birch from popular. Birches can be any shade of brown with with thousands of slightly raised white spots, specks, or tiny horizontal dashes. Popular twigs will be shades of gray or green/brown, generally smooth, with sparse raised spots. Birch twigs are quite pliable compared to poplar.
Name: Rosie
HILLSBOROUGH, NC (Zone 7b)
If it sparkles - I'm there!
Region: North Carolina Bookworm
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MISSINGROSIE
Oct 20, 2016 9:44 PM CST
That is a big help !

Supposed to be heavy rain tomorrow but if I get a chance I will go take a peek

Thanks to you both!
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