Plant ID forum: Another one..

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Apr 30, 2017 12:32 PM CST
This started growing next to my hostas and sprouted up huge in no time! What is it? Middle TN.
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Apr 30, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Looks like a hackberry tree. Very invasive weed tree in the South. Rip it out while its small, especially that close to your foundation. And make sure to get the roots.
Name: Lin
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Apr 30, 2017 2:50 PM CST
I agree with Carter; it sure looks like Common Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) which is a native but considered a weedy pest by many. They get really huge so having it so close to your house is not a great idea. I'd remove it.

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Name: Deb
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Apr 30, 2017 2:56 PM CST
If it is in fact a native, I'd research it a bit before giving it the bum's rush. What are the up-sides and down-sides.
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Apr 30, 2017 3:29 PM CST
Here it grows really fast (so cant stay next to the house) and is subject to some sort of internal rot that causes it to die suddenly or break apart. There is a big, what seemed to be a completely healthy one lying in one of our pastures, tipped over by the wind and quite hollow in the middle. It is still about half alive. The birds love Hackberry berries and it does provide quick shade.
Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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May 1, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Native or not, that close to a foundation is bad, bad, bad. Plus, they are very fast growing, get fairly large, and are pretty short lived - which means before too long it will start causing problems both below the ground AND above it. The roots will begin causing foundation issues as well as the trunk itself sitting that close to the foundation. Then as the tree grows and ages, the weak, brittle branches will litter the ground and fall on the roof. The older it gets, the larger those falling dead branches will be. None of that screams, "This is a tree I want 6 inches from my house!" Thumbs down

Nevermind that once it starts fruiting, there will be hundreds of baby hackberries every season.

We have 2 hackberries back behind my greenhouse out in the yard. They make pretty trees and give some nice shade to my greenhouse - I just would not want one that close to the house. And the larger they get, the harder they are are to kill! I did actually try to kill one of the ones by my greenhouse, but eventually gave up and let it grow.

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