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Can you help me identify this unchecked weed/tree?

Posted: Sun May 16, 2010 11:35 pm
by lukelongbeard
Okay, in my introduction post, I mentioned one thing I was going to be needing help with was identifying the growth in my yard. In that first post I put my first picture, which was identified as mulberry. After looking into the plant more, that is exactly what it is. It has the multi leaf style thing going on, I've seen at least 3 different leaf types from one system of the plant.

Here is my second request. I have a whole tree line that is basically 20 years of unchecked weeds. Some of them may still technically be trees or shrubs, but they are native to Ohio and were not planted, they started as weeds at the very least.

I'm posting this one first because it has three leaflets, and I'm wondering if there is some way an upright poison ivy (or oak) growth could have gotten so out of hand that it's a full blown tree. I'm hoping it's something else, but the leaves look very very similar.

The only tree I was able to find that came close was the box elder, but the forefront leaf doesn't look the same. Can anyone help me identify this shrub/weed/tree? It stands about 30 feet tall and has two thick trunks at it's base, with lots of smaller sprouts coming off. Four images linked below.

Thanks in advance for your help!


p.s. I can't seem to embed the images, if anyone knows how to do that. I know some will be remiss to click links....

Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:11 am
by rainbowgardener
Don't know... I'm not real good on tree ID and I don't know what this is, but I promise you, it is NOT poison ivy!

Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:13 am
by lukelongbeard
I didn't see anyway it could be, it's way too tall, but the neglect here has been such that I wouldn't count anything out without asking first. I'd still like to identify it though. If anyone knows, pass it along!

Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:30 am
by MaineDesigner
Luke, I'm inclined to think that your first thought was on the money. It sure looks like Acer negundo to me, they have quite range of leaf variation. We had one in our yard when I was a kid but I can't remember the last time I saw one, it has been awhile.

Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 12:49 am
by Kisal
I think it's a Boxelder ... Acer negundo. The leaves look very much like poison ivy, but change later in the year. I haven't looked at mine lately, but I think they change from 3 to 5 leaflets. Mine has variegated leaves. The city planted it as a street tree.

Here's a bit of info about the tree:


Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 10:21 pm
by lukelongbeard
Yup, your image looks identical. Most images I found showed a different leaf style, which threw me off, but still I thought that was the one it resembled most. Thanks all for the help!