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Saint John
Plantnovice
Jun 1, 2017 10:48 AM CST
So, I have been Googling like crazy and can't seem to find out what this bush is.
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It's growing right along with my lilac bush, and I apologize for my horrendous lack of photography skills. Can someone tell me what it is?
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The leaves are the leaves of my unidentified bush (which I shall call Confuseme Somuchis), if that helps with the identification process. I truly know nothing about plants, and not knowing things makes me (only slightly) neurotic. Smiling So...I'm turning to the experts. Merci d'avance!
Oh! Also...I'm in New Brunswick, Canada. Not igloo territory, but this year we did have snow until the end of April so everything is blooming about a month later than usual. Our bumblebees are flying around looking at us with accusation written all over their little faces...you can almost hear them muttering "jerks caused global warming and it's messing with our nectar". Anyhoobies...I ramble. Lol! Any help would be appreciated! With the plant ID...not the bees. :)

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 1, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Welcome!

It looks like Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) to me. I thought it was a west coast native but according to the 'Catalogue of Life' it occurs in New Brunswick also.
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Zencat
Jun 1, 2017 11:27 AM CST
Pokeweed?

Editing to say Daisy beat me to it.
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JuneOntario
Jun 1, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Hi @Plantnovice
It looks a bit too woody to be a pokeweed. Could it be some kind of wild cherry? A photo of the bark on the oldest branches of the shrub might help to ID it.
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Frillylily
Jun 1, 2017 11:48 AM CST
it is not pokeweed, I though that too but when enlarged pic, it is too woody. Pokeweed is a fleshy plant that dies completely to the ground an regrows ea yr.
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Frillylily
Jun 1, 2017 11:51 AM CST
some type of cherry
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Frillylily
Jun 1, 2017 11:52 AM CST
perhaps a black cherry, do you have those where you are?
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Frillylily
Jun 1, 2017 11:55 AM CST
http://denvertreepictures.com/...

perhaps a chokecherry?
Saint John
Plantnovice
Jun 1, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Ooh! The choke cherry blossoms look just like the ones on my Confuseme Somuchis! Here's a shot of it in among my little lilac bush.
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The Confuseme Somuchis is the tallest branch right in the middle of my lilac bush. And here's a picture of the bark.
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It's definitely doesn't die all the way to the ground in winter, so if that's what a poke weed does, it can't be one of those. The branches of it stick around and you can see a difference between the Confuseme Somuchis branches and the lilac bush if you look right at them, but they seem similar. A bit smoother looking and lighter in color than the lilac. Also, I just noticed this red color on the little leaf stems.
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And it looks like an insect has been nibbling on it too. Lol! Jerks.

Still think it's a choke cherry? I kind of hope so. Soooo pretty! :)
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 1, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Thank you for the additional photos. It does look like a Chokecherry.
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Saint John
Plantnovice
Jun 1, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Yayyy! Thank you so much! You people are brilliant! Lol! A question that's been driving me nuts for weeks and you all answered it in minutes! Now my neurotically inquisitive mind can give it a rest! Thanks again!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 1, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Next time, we will be even faster if you share ALL your photos. Smiling
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