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Jul 29, 2017 1:30 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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This little plant is a volunteer in my back yard. It is growing in an area with dozens of other plants, but it's not a familiar seedling.
If no one recognizes it, I'll probably leave it where it is and wait for it to produce flowers.
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The first leaves were somewhat heart-shaped.
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Jul 29, 2017 5:25 PM CST
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Nope - not poison ivy.
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Jul 29, 2017 9:08 PM CST
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Are there older specimens around? It looks as if it may form more leaflets as it matures.
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Jul 30, 2017 8:17 AM CST
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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I haven't seen any; however, when looking around my yard for possible parent plants, I noticed that the seedling's leaves have traits in common with those on a nearby Viburnum 'Shasta'.
I couldn't find online images of Viburnum 'Shasta' seedlings for comparison, though.
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Jul 30, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Yes - opposite arrangement rules out Toxicodendron radicans. If it is a woody plant, it could be a seedling (or root sprout) from Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis) - or rarer Bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia).

There don't seem to be buds at the base of the compound leaves where they attach to the stem. That points to an herbaceous plant (annual or perennial). There are way too many herbaceous species with pinnate compound opposite arranged leaves - some of which are pretty pernicious weeds - for me to narrow them down.
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Jul 30, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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Cross posted with Muddy's reply...

No, not 'Shasta' or any other viburnum due to pinnate compound foliage. Viburnums will always have simple leaves.

Now - if your 'Shasta' is displaying compound leaves of any sort, I may just show up in dark of night and snatch some cuttings...
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Jul 30, 2017 9:40 AM CST
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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I do have Sambucus canadensis growing nearby, so that's a possibility, although I agree it might not be a woody plant. Time will tell.

In the meantime, here are some photos of my Viburnum 'Shasta'.
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Jul 30, 2017 10:13 AM CST
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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I can tell that I'll need to wait for this plant to grow some more before it can be identified, so I'll close this thread for now.
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Jul 30, 2017 1:26 PM CST
Tampa FL
For some reason Elderberry comes to mind. It has been many years but it was a common pop up plant in VA.
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Jul 30, 2017 3:54 PM CST
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Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
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I have mature Elderberries (Sambucus canadensis) growing nearby, so it could well be an Elderberry seedling. I couldn't find photos online of S. canadensis seedlings of that size for comparison, though.
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Aug 31, 2020 9:50 AM CST
Braintree, Essex, England.
It looks very much like Ground Elder. A proper thug in any garden !
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