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krwshl
Aug 27, 2019 1:44 PM CST
Hello,

Moved into a new house recently. Having trouble figuring out if this is a shrub or weed. It has numerous growths at the bottom trunk and has small berries of some sort on it. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Hamwild
Aug 27, 2019 1:55 PM CST
I believe that is a bradford pear tree. Not something I would want in my yard tbh.
Chicago, IL
krwshl
Aug 27, 2019 4:00 PM CST
Hamwild said:I believe that is a bradford pear tree. Not something I would want in my yard tbh.


Wow, would have never guessed that. Because of the multiple stems in the trunk?

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Hamwild
Aug 27, 2019 4:24 PM CST
The little pears look familiar (and the leaves). Can you tell if it was ever cut back at some point (doesn't look like it), like it's coming from a stump?

I wonder if it could be a sucker (like in our case, we had a callery pear cut down and it was sprouting from a root left behind; I think it would have eventually turned into another tree) that sprouted and took on that shape.
Chicago, IL
krwshl
Aug 27, 2019 4:24 PM CST
krwshl said:

Wow, would have never guessed that. Because of the multiple stems in the trunk?



Could it be rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)? Going to look at it more closely tonight, it is growing along some decorative rocks.

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Hamwild
Aug 27, 2019 4:28 PM CST
krwshl said:

Could it be rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)? Going to look at it more closely tonight, it is growing along some decorative rocks.



Hmm, that does look like a contender! @tofitropic, I imagine you will know. Whistling
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Silversurfer
Aug 27, 2019 4:37 PM CST
Fruits do not match to Bradford Pear...Pyrus calleryana

The Callery pear has small (less than 1cm) green and brown round fruit. ..see pic

https://commons.wikimedia.org/...
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Hamwild
Aug 27, 2019 5:10 PM CST
Silversurfer said:Fruits do not match to Bradford Pear...Pyrus calleryana

The Callery pear has small (less than 1cm) green and brown round fruit. ..see pic

https://commons.wikimedia.org/...


Shoot, I forgot to tag you too. Sad
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ViburnumValley
Aug 27, 2019 8:58 PM CST
Absolutely NOT a Callery Pear - Pyrus calleryana.

Certainly IS an invasive exotic Buckthorn species - Frangula (syn. Rhamnus) sp., like Rhamnus cathartica.

Definitely a plant to eliminate from the landscape, before those fruit/seeds are distributed by birds to infest other landscapes.
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Chicago, IL
krwshl
Aug 28, 2019 10:24 AM CST
ViburnumValley said:Absolutely NOT a Callery Pear - Pyrus calleryana.

Certainly IS an invasive exotic Buckthorn species - Frangula (syn. Rhamnus) sp., like Rhamnus cathartica.

Definitely a plant to eliminate from the landscape, before those fruit/seeds are distributed by birds to infest other landscapes.


Thanks so much everyone for the fast replies! I am looking into what I need to paint the trunk with once I cut it down.

Based on my research sounds like it is best to chop it down in the fall.
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porkpal
Aug 28, 2019 11:02 AM CST
Any weed/brush herbicide painted on the cut surface full strength will kill it.
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krwshl
Aug 28, 2019 1:12 PM CST
porkpal said:Any weed/brush herbicide painted on the cut surface full strength will kill it.


Thank you!!

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