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Jun 13, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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This thing turned up along my bank and I have no memory of planting it. Anyone have any clues what it might be?
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Jun 13, 2015 6:59 PM CST
central Illinois
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Looks like a tree to me (too).
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Jun 13, 2015 7:04 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Ulmus for me, too. I get several every year I have to pull. I recognize them the minute they get their 1st set of true leaves and then they're out!
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Jun 13, 2015 7:53 PM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Yes an Elm for sure, could be American Elm Smiling
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Jun 14, 2015 5:23 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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The leaves look rather narrow and pointy for some of the elms, and we're also looking at WA which I think is out of range for U. americana? Is it possible to get a picture of a representative leaf or two to check for uneven leaf "shoulders" and a close-up of the leaf edges (margins) to see if they are double-toothed? Detaching leaves and putting them on a sheet of plain white printer paper for the pic helps.
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Jun 14, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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Here is a close up of a couple leaves - they are about 2 inches long. The whole bush/tree is only around 3 feet tall right now. I only noticed it this year, it's in the 'wild zone'. I would like to ID it and figure out if it's anything I want to keep or not. I don't know much about Elm trees, the only ones I've heard of around here are called Piss Elm and I'm not sure what they look like, but know they are considered a pest. (Sorry, but I couldn't find a more polite name for them and that's all I've ever heard them called.)
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Jun 14, 2015 11:02 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Thank you. I can't come up with anything closer than Ulnus pumila (Siberian elm) as Stefan suggested. The leaf bases aren't as assymetrical as other elms, and that is a characteristic of U. pumila.
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Jun 14, 2015 12:02 PM CST
Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
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Well thank you all for your help - I would not have thought to guess elm. I will now have to figure out if it's something I want there or not.
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Jun 15, 2015 6:33 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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The leaves and growth habit kinda look like hophornbeam.
Which doesn't seem to occur out west, but google turned up reference to American hornbeam and European hornbeam in Washington state.
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Jun 15, 2015 12:33 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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I went that route too initially, Stone, that's why I asked for leaf close-ups to see the serrations. The hornbeams have more "fringy" pointy teeth on the leaf margins than Lauri's plant, to my eye anyway.
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