Plant ID forum: ID me please!

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 PM CST
This plant is growing wild in my back "yard." It seems to be aggressive if not invasive. Before I remove it from all but the wooded area, I want to find out what it is and determine whether it's a host to butterflies or beneficial to birds.

Thanking in advance!
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The new growth is really quite fuzzy, stalk, stems and leaves. It almost feels sticky to the touch but doesn't leave any residue.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 9, 2017 4:07 PM CST
I believe its Staghorn Sumac but I live on the wrong coast to be able to tell you more. Smiling
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Name: greene
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greene
Jul 9, 2017 4:27 PM CST
I agree It looks like Staghorn Sumac.
Be warned...When one popped up in my yard I was happy as I know it has edible parts, especially makes a 'lemonade' type drink.

But then I learned the danger. Crying Sad It sends out underground roots and pops up everywhere. It took me two years to get rid of it.

If you plan to keep it, my advice would be to construct some type of underground barrier to keep in contained. Thumbs up
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Jul 9, 2017 4:59 PM CST
greene said: I agree It looks like Staghorn Sumac.
Be warned...When one popped up in my yard I was happy as I know it has edible parts, especially makes a 'lemonade' type drink.

But then I learned the danger. Crying Sad It sends out underground roots and pops up everywhere. It took me two years to get rid of it.

If you plan to keep it, my advice would be to construct some type of underground barrier to keep in contained. Thumbs up


Thanks, but it's already popping up absolutely everywhere. I'll do my best but I don't hold out much hope. Thanks for the warning! And, of course, the ID!
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