Plant ID forum: Weeds or flowers?

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Name: Colorado Amateur
Parker, CO (Zone 5b)
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ColoradoAmateur
Jun 1, 2017 8:40 PM CST
We found a bunch of these 2 kinds of plants in our partial shade garden when we bought our house. This spring they started growing along with the hostas, lilys, clematis, etc. Can you help me figure out if to they're weeds or some kind of flowers?
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Jun 2, 2017 6:32 AM CST
Hi @ColoradoAmateur
I'd guess the first plant is a mullein (Verbascum), a biennial and usually considered a weed, although they can be attractive when they send up their flower spike. If you find you don't like them, remove the flower spike before it sets seed.
The second plant looks like a tree seedling, but I don't know what kind. Sorry.
Name: Janine
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janinilulu
Jun 2, 2017 6:33 AM CST
The first is Verbascum.
Name: Colorado Amateur
Parker, CO (Zone 5b)
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ColoradoAmateur
Jun 3, 2017 8:11 AM CST
Thank you June Ontario and janinilulu. Can anyone help me identify the second plant?
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
Jun 3, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Please post some additional images.

One shot (in plan view, looking down) is helpful, but not usually the angle/direction that one observes plants.

Step back, and take a picture of this plant from eye level looking toward the plant. Then, take some pictures closeup of the details (maybe with a hand in the image for focus and scale). Show the trunk, bark, branches, leaves, buds, flowers, fruit, etc. Your first image shows clearly that this plant has simple leaves that are alternately arranged along the stems. That is most helpful.

At first blush, this plant reminds me of a deciduous Magnolia, but I'd like to see more detail as noted.
John
Name: Colorado Amateur
Parker, CO (Zone 5b)
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ColoradoAmateur
Jun 5, 2017 12:49 AM CST
@ViburnumValley

Here are some new ones I took today. Hope this is enough information. Thank you for checking.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
Jun 5, 2017 10:37 PM CST
Very good images - thank you.

It is not a Magnolia, that's for sure. I'm leaning toward the Populus clan (Poplars, Cottonwoods) which are weedy seeding themselves in everywhere bunch, that could be found populating (!) Colorado landscapes. Sorry, this one is not a species I'm familiar with, though.
John

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