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Name: Victoria Ahlers
Mt Vernon (Alexandria), VA (Zone 7a)
May 27, 2016 12:40 PM CST
Hi all,
We recently purchased a new home and two of these large bushes were next to a lilac bush in our front gardens. We are in the process of arranging things since everything seemed to be hodge podge.

Last summer this bush was covered with small flowers (I don't remember the color? white maybe?) and with butterflies. My husband said he saw lots of monarch butterflies, but I'm having a difficult time identifying this plant/shrub. Is it just a super out of control weed?

We were hoping to get an idea of what it is before transplanting so we rehome it in a place it would enjoy. Let me know if you have any ideas.

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Name: Victoria Ahlers
Mt Vernon (Alexandria), VA (Zone 7a)
May 27, 2016 1:01 PM CST
I thought I put this under plant ID, but I guess not. Sorry!
Name: Elaine
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May 27, 2016 2:35 PM CST
Hi Victoria, and welcome. It will be much easier for us to ID that bush once it blooms. There are a lot of things it could be. Looks like it was purposely planted and also has had some shaping so probably not a weed.

Also, hate to say it but this is probably not the time to be thinking about moving that big a plant. Unless you have a back hoe, you'll never get a big enough root ball with it to let it survive a move. The plant is growing well in full sun, there so you will need to find another spot in full sun. The sun right now is 3 weeks away from the strongest it can be, so the plant will be terribly stressed and most likely die if you move it now. Wait until late September at the earliest.

If it were mine, I would thin out some of the older stems, right at the base, so that it will have a nicer more graceful shape, and wait until the fall to decide if you like it well enough to move it.

But please do post more pictures of it when it is in bloom?

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Name: Jay
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May 27, 2016 2:39 PM CST
You also might want to start several cuttings so if the move does kill the plant you will have some to replace it.

Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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May 27, 2016 11:47 PM CST
I had trouble with the ID of this one too. I think this might be what you have . This one is pruned near to ground in winter here to keep it to shrub size. That would make it easier to move and a safer time when it's dormant.
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