Plant ID forum: Tree / Shrub / Weed? That Appears Everywhere

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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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bennysplace
Aug 16, 2017 5:06 PM CST
Hello all,

I have seen this pop up in a variety of places. I really love the structure of the leaves and stems so I moved a couple from along my fence and planted them out before the end of last season. One did not come back but this one is really flourishing and has gone from a small plant of about a foot to this just this season. I would really love to know what this is. Thank you all kindly in advance!

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 16, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Looks like an elm.
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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
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bennysplace
Aug 16, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Oh no! An elm? Man I hope not! I really like it but I can't get it in its current location. I was hoping it would be a really large shrub that grew really fast like a dogwood. :)
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 16, 2017 5:53 PM CST
It looks like a Siberian Elm which is commonly called Chinese Elm by mistake. A real messy weedy tree. When it produces seeds they fall like a snow storm and every seed seems to germinate and immediately sends down a deep root which makes them difficult to pull. Thumbs down Grumbling Angry
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 16, 2017 6:13 PM CST
Yes, I think some of those seeds from Paul2032's yard have blown into mine. Smiling
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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
bennysplace
Aug 17, 2017 10:55 AM CST
Hi there Paul,

I think you are absolutely right. I have one that is growing in between the stamped patio and fence that will not come out no matter what I do. It is stuck down deep. This particular specimen is in a spot where I have had a hard time growing anything so I think I will let it stay. I have one more picture of the full plant. Let me know what you think. Thank you both very much for your help!

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Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Aug 17, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Looks like a chinese elm. You will be MORE than sorry if you let that sucker stay there. We had chinese elms in our yard. Roots in the cellar. I don't think you can hardly kill them, but I believe we have finally won the war on them. They are HORRID!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
bennysplace
Aug 17, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Thank you Anna and everyone. It seems as if I have discovered the identity of this plant. This specimen is far away from the house and in an area where nothing grows so I'll monitor it and see how it goes. :)

Thank you again and nothing but the best always,
Benny
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Aug 17, 2017 3:48 PM CST
Ummmm...............you will go look at it tomorrow and it will be 40 feet tall..........they are EXTREMELY fast growers, which is why my MIL planted them when she lived here.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 17, 2017 8:35 PM CST
We had one in front of our first house. It grew into a very attractive tree.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 17, 2017 8:56 PM CST
I love my Chinese Elm. Favorite tree on our lot.
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