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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-20 16:23
Subject: Mystery Plant #2
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:confusedconfused
Music:Judge Judy (on tv)
Tags:gardening
Y'all did such a good job identifying the mulberry, maybe one of you can tell me what this flowering shrub might be. I struck out with every nature guide I tried. I think it's really pretty, but its growing right next to my pond and I'm worried it will turn out to be invasive or produce berries that are poisonous to my fish. Not that I've seen any sign of berries yet, but still...



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FanFromFla: florida orange
User: fanfromfla
Date: 2008-06-20 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:florida orange
Pretty! But, *sigh.* I feel so useless. Let me know when a mysterious palm tree sprouts in your yard, and I'm your girl!
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tceisele
User: tceisele
Date: 2008-06-22 10:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, it doesn't look quite identical, but we have some trees with very similar leaves and flowers (the leaves on ours aren't toothed, but they have the same overall shape and the prominent veins). I think ours are a variety of "chokecherry". Birds like them, and humans can eat them if you don't mind the flavor. What does the bark look like? Ours have a smooth, reddish-black bark with white speckles.

The problem I have with the plant guides is that woody shrubs seem to fall into a "no-man's land". Tree guides mostly concentrate on trees large enough to make lumber out of, with only a cursory overview of shrubs. On the other side of things, the wildflower guides seem to have a prejudice against anything with woody stems. I'd really like to find a good guide to Midwestern shrubs one of these days.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2008-06-23 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmmm. Well, the new growth seems smooth, not to mention quite green. Older parts of the stems are brown, but not rough like an oak. Not quite smooth either though. Since a picture's worth a 1,000 words...



Do you still think it might be a chokecherry of some sort?
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tceisele
User: tceisele
Date: 2008-06-23 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hrm, no, I don't think so. The bark on ours is smooth and more birch-like, plus their leaves are "alternate" while these are obviously paired. Still, that's more information that could maybe be used for an ID. Hm.
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