Plant ID forum: Project Clear the Nursery - #1

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Name: Rob
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Ever looking for new plants to kill
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plantrob
Apr 26, 2015 6:17 AM CST
It was time. Time to clear out the overgrown little plot of land I use to stash woody plants inside my vegetable garden (where hungry critters can't get to them in wintertime). I had lost track of what was what, and I'm sure that birds contributed a few unwanted tenants as well. So all those shrubs went into pots this weekend, to be identified and either placed in a more appropriate location or tossed out. I'd appreciate your help figuring out what they are :-)
Here goes the first one: nice reddish bark, and tiny yellow flowering structures. No leaves yet as of today.



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bamira
Apr 27, 2015 5:34 AM CST
Maybe Cornus mas
Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) I tip my hat to you.
Name: Rob
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Ever looking for new plants to kill
Seed Starter Frogs and Toads Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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plantrob
Apr 29, 2015 8:20 PM CST
Great suggestion, but I don't think it's quite right. For one, C. mas bloomed a month ago in our garden. And its flowers are more fully formed, compared to the incomplete ones on the sapling. But once the leaves emerge I should be able to determine for sure.
Rob from Pennsylvania - robsplants.com
Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
May 11, 2015 9:47 PM CST
Spice bush or a relative?
I'm not very familiar with them but that flower head reminds me of it, but not the red bark.
Any scent if you scratch the bark or crush a leaf?
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Name: Rob
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Ever looking for new plants to kill
Seed Starter Frogs and Toads Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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plantrob
May 22, 2015 8:50 PM CST
Now that the leaves are out, there may be some additional clues as to its identity:

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Rob from Pennsylvania - robsplants.com
Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
May 23, 2015 6:01 AM CST
Still looks like spicebush to me...
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Name: Rob
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Ever looking for new plants to kill
Seed Starter Frogs and Toads Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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plantrob
May 23, 2015 7:21 PM CST
Thanks Swayback - I do believe you're right. Digging through my records, it turns out I planted a single seedling of Lindera benzoin in that nursery area back in 2007...
Rob from Pennsylvania - robsplants.com
Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Tropicals Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Cactus and Succulents Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Swayback
May 24, 2015 11:51 AM CST
They are one of my favorite plants, they're being displaced rapidly by invasive species.
They're tough, reliable, spread at a reasonable rate, also edible and medicinal... Birds love the fruit.
When you walk through a patch, or just rub a leaf or stem, they smell wonderfully of citrus!
You can even rub yourself down with the leaves as a temporary bug repellant.
I'm sure if I did some real research I'd learn many more uses too.
I'm in the process of digging quite a few to spread around in hopes of establishing a few small stands of them.
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