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Aug 16, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
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Volunteer tree that's sprouted up very quickly in a hard to reach place. I cut it back once to what I thought was a stump, but it sprouted new leaves and continued growing. It has thorns. At first I assumed it was a callery pear, but I'm not sure the leaves are right for that?

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Aug 16, 2015 10:29 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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locust of some sort would be my guess. A weed tree IMO and I'd get rid of it. They can have very large nasty thorns. I don't know for sure though, so don't wack it out until someone else chimes in.
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Aug 16, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
thanks, Frillylily! Thank You!
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― Thalassa Cruso
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Aug 16, 2015 11:42 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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According to my Peterson Field Guide, the only thorny plants with compound leaves (both opposite and alternate) are locusts, as well as a couple of aralias, zanthoxylums and Poncirus trifoliata, the latter having trifoliate leaves so not that. Looks more like a locust to me. I went out and took these two pictures to compare, this is 'Shademaster' honeylocust (the "civilized" honeylocusts like this don't have the thorns):

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This one is a Gleditsia, but there are several other locusts (Robinia) and I haven't looked all of those up to see if they're similar. I don't think it's a black locust (R. pseudo-acacia) because the leaves would be more rounded.
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Aug 16, 2015 1:36 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
I should also add that these trees get very large (huge) and have a very invasive root system. They sometimes spread by suckers and also seed. Maybe depends on the type.
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Aug 16, 2015 2:16 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks so much Sue and Frilly! Thank You! Hurray! sounds like I should try again to take it down.
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Aug 16, 2015 6:09 PM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Cut it as low as possible...then promptly pour either Roundup (concentrate) or brush killer on the fresh cut so it gets absorbed into the root.
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Aug 16, 2015 6:30 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks, Carol!
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