Plant ID forum: Need help IDing this shrub (or tree)-Any ideas?

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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Aug 27, 2017 2:48 PM CST
It has two large stalks, pointed, smooth leaves that are opposite each other. Here are photos I took:


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Thank You! for any suggestions. It doesn't look like anything else on my property (so what's new? Rolling my eyes. )

Gayle
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 27, 2017 4:11 PM CST
The leaves appear to be alternate to me, and it looks very familiar, but I can't name it.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Aug 27, 2017 4:55 PM CST
Looks like a Prunus sp. - probably Prunus serotina (Black Cherry).
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Aug 27, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Yes, Porkpal,
You're right, the leaves are alternate. My mistake. I'm wondering if it's a black cherry that was "gifted" to my property by a bird. Thank You!

Gayle
Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Aug 27, 2017 5:18 PM CST
ViburnumValley said:Looks like a Prunus sp. - probably Prunus serotina (Black Cherry).


Thank You! John,
I was coming to that conclusion as you were writing Hilarious! My only concern is that if it is a Black Cherry then the leaves could be poisonous (when crushed they convert to hydrogen cyanide)? Plus, I think it gets really tall and I don't want that where it has landed (I'm thinking out loud Whistling ).

Gayle
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Aug 27, 2017 5:51 PM CST
They also reproduce enthusiastically - with the help of the birds.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2017 5:56 PM CST
My first thought was also Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina) We had a few growing on the property at our old house.
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Aug 27, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Thank You! @ViburnumValley, @porkpal, and @plantladylin. I appreciate your help so much. Hurray!

Now I know what I need to do since it is smack in the front yard where I had two sugar maples removed (too close to the driveway) and I want that area for a saucer magnolia. Smiling

Gayle

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