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Sep 6, 2016 11:55 AM CST

Can u identify this plant it is growing in my flowerbed.
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Sep 6, 2016 1:26 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi dbjmar, Welcome!
Can you give us a general location of the part of the country the tree is growing? That would help with a more exact identification. It reminds me of Ulmus/Elm: http://garden.org/plants/searc... but I'm not certain. There are seedling images at this page for comparison: http://designingbonsai.com/elm...
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Sep 6, 2016 1:31 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
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It does look like an Elm.
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Sep 6, 2016 4:35 PM CST
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I agree and it's a junk tree that seeds itself generously. You really don't want to let it grow right next to your house there. Even 20ft. away from the house would be too close.
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Sep 6, 2016 5:22 PM CST
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Sep 7, 2016 8:51 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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I think... maybe a hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)... valuable native butterfly host and songbird food.
http://www.illinoiswildflowers...

If you don't already have a mature tree on the property, I'd transplant this one soon.
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Sep 7, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
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I think it looks more like an elm than a Hackberry, and I don't share stone's high opinion of Hackberries.
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Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM CST
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While I'd disagree with describing elms, in general, as "junk" trees, this particular tree is a Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila) . Perhaps it is more highly regarded in its homeland, but in North America it has few redeeming qualities.
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Sep 8, 2016 8:00 AM CST
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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I'm in the hackberry camp on this one, but in either case it's a fairly fast growing tree and regarded as kind of a weed tree. We have hackberries popping up like weeds all around our house.

Problem with them is that they're like potato chips - you can't have just one. Only in this case, you don't even have the option. Once you have one flowering sized tree, you'll have hundreds more soon following. Every. Single. Year. Thumbs down

Where are you, @dbjmar? That may help with id. They have overlapping (if not the same) range, but one may be more prevalent than the other in certain areas - like in my area, hackberries seem to be more common (at least in my observation).
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Sep 8, 2016 4:35 PM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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porkpal said: I don't share stone's high opinion of Hackberries.


@porkpal If you have better butterfly host plants, please don't keep them a secret!

I'm always looking for additional ways to provide for the butterflies to raise their families.

If your butterfly host trees will grow here... I'll sure plant them!

As Carter said... we wouldn't recognize siberian elms... they don't seem to live down here.
https://www.eddmaps.org/distri...

KentPfeiffer said:I'd disagree with describing elms, in general, as "junk" trees...

Ditto!
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