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Apr 7, 2017 1:03 PM CST

Hello! I just bought a farmstead in Minnesota that is completely overgrown with trees, flowers and shrubs. I'm wondering if you guys can help me identify a few trees? A lot are dead and need to be chopped down but there are plenty healthy that just need a hair cut. Here is the first....
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Apr 7, 2017 1:09 PM CST
Name: Deb
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Welcome Jesk! What a fun project you have. I agree with your idea to remove the obviously dead trees, but then perhaps just limb up and/or thin out the others until you figure out what you have. Same goes for your shrubs and perennials - how interesting will that be to find out what's already in place. Keep posting pics, especially as the trees leaf out, for better ID sleuthing.
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Apr 7, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Apr 7, 2017 2:13 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
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Are the leaves opposite? It looks like they may be and I'm wondering about red maple, Acer rubrum:

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Apr 7, 2017 8:47 PM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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Greenish young stem points to Manitoba Maple/Boxelder Maple - Acer nigrum.

It would help to cut a branch or two, and take them where you can get clear images of all those plant parts - branches, stems, twigs, buds, bud scars, leaf scars, flowers, leaves....
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Apr 7, 2017 9:57 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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