Plant ID forum: Red Weed popping up in lawn

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usernamethatno1has
Jun 2, 2017 9:36 AM CST
This one makes me nervous because it's red but I cannot find ANYTHING online about it at all.

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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Jun 2, 2017 9:41 AM CST
It's a tree of some kind. I recognize the shape of the leaves but I can't remember what one it is.
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plantladylin
Jun 2, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Hi usernamethatno1has, Welcome!

Can you give us a general idea of where the plant is growing, city, state or at least what country or if in the U.S. whether it's North, South, NE, SW, etc.? That will help narrow down an exact ID.

I'm not sure why the pretty red color would make you nervous; to my eyes it looks like a tree seedling of some sort but if you can provide more information on location, we can probably find out what it might be.

By the way ... I love your cute username. Green Grin!
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usernamethatno1has
Jun 2, 2017 9:51 AM CST
plantladylin said:Hi usernamethatno1has, Welcome!

Can you give us a general idea of where the plant is growing, city, state or at least what country or if in the U.S. whether it's North, South, NE, SW, etc.? That will help narrow down an exact ID.

I'm not sure why the pretty red color would make you nervous; to my eyes it looks like a tree seedling of some sort but if you can provide more information on location, we can probably find out what it might be.

By the way ... I love your cute username. Green Grin!


I am in Pennsylvania.
I am paranoid because I have kids running around here so for some reason red in the springtime makes my brain be all "IT'S POISON!!!" :-D I totally realize it's irrational. :)

Haha,Thank you!! After trying like five different usernames this is the only one that stuck. :-P

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greene
Jun 2, 2017 10:10 AM CST
I have two answers.

1 - It looks like a seedling of some kind of oak tree.

2 - My dad was born and raised in Pennsylvania and he was taught that any plant that starts our red must be a weed and therefore needs to be eliminated. Rolling on the floor laughing
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DaisyI
Jun 2, 2017 10:17 AM CST
1. It looks like an oak to me also.

2. Everything red is a weed? Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jun 2, 2017 10:28 AM CST
It does look like maybe an Oak (Quercus) seedling. There are probably quite a few oaks that grow in Pa.

One possibility might be Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) Check out these seedling leaves here: http://www.bing.com/images/sea...
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Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) seedling images:
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pepper23
Jun 2, 2017 1:11 PM CST
I also thought oak when I first saw it but wasn't sure which one.
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ViburnumValley
Jun 2, 2017 8:54 PM CST
I'd agree that it is absolutely an Oak seedling, and definitely one in the Red Oak group due to bristle tips on the leaf lobes. White oak group (like Q. bicolor) will not have this feature.

Red Oak group will include Red Oak, Pin Oak, Black Oak, and the like - with the common denominator of bristle tips on the leaf lobes.

Any mature oaks nearby in your yard, or on neighboring properties? Parent tree is likely close by.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 27, 2017 9:12 PM CST
Aha! @ usernamethatno1has (such a cute name) I thought I remembered some attempts to ID oak leaves. In my part of the world, here's some pictures of Red Oak leaves. In fact, if anyone would like a Red Oak, I'll be glad to pot one up. We had a bumper crop of acorns last fall.

Leaves of a young one from my neighbor's yard. As you can see, it's not red, despite its name.
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And yet here is an 'adult' leaf from same tree. Note how the leaves no longer have their baby fat.

Full frontal

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and backside

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I like the link that was posted by @plantladylin. Just goes to show how many different oaks there are.
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