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May 6, 2020 4:40 PM CST
New York
We all learned poison ivy growing up, so I should know this, but I'm being thrown off. I found these popping up in the garden I'm re-doing, most are popping up on a single slim stem, but one is forming a trunk basically 😂. The leaves are very shiney & have small jagged edges, and are maroon & green. The stems of the leafs are maroon too. Pictures don't do much justice, I was hurrying before a downpour of rain.
* the one with the "trunk" had some leafs ripped off & are on the ground next to it. *
I'd never heard of Virginia Creeper until looking into this, so I was thinking of how many MORE could look similar. The property owner has never seen them before, and this was her garden several years ago & hasn't been taken care of since. My entire yard is JUST weeds so I wasn't putting past these could be too. I did yank a few small ones out the other day, but there's maybe 10 of them?! Some smaller some taller, some already well above ground and some just poking up. But for the most part, all in all, they're small to begin with. I'm not sure if it helps, but I believe I have acidic soil, lots of insects (ants,grubs,10k legged running long boys,carpenter ants & bees) & just very not good. It's just not. Anyway, anyone have ideas?

TLDR; help identify! I'm ready to burn them.
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May 6, 2020 4:46 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi notsosunnystate, Welcome!

It's not Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)




And it's also not Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)



I'm sure someone will be able to offer possible suggestions or an exact ID.
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May 6, 2020 4:51 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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I agree with Lin.
I can't find any poison ivy or Virginia creeper in any of those images. I see a cherry seedling or two, maybe a sprout of pokeweed, but nothing harmful.
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May 6, 2020 4:51 PM CST
Name: Sally
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Lin is correct. They are tree seedlings such as black cherry.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 6, 2020 5:09 PM CST
New York
Sally, Lin & Bill- should I just leave them be and see what comes of it? This place is filled with all sorts of things. Knotweed, ferns & vines growing out back ☚ī¸ Thank you all! Hurray!
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May 6, 2020 5:34 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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You can leave them alone and see if anything develops that you may want to keep.
Or just pull everything out after it sprouts.
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