In The Garden: ID this very invasive tree, please...

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by rockandroller, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. rockandroller

    rockandroller Active Member

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    This is from my friend's brand new (new to her...) backyard in Atikokan, Ontario...
    Yard has been untended for some time previous!
    It's looking like a nightmare scenario with the giant shrub spreading across almost the whole backyard. Seeking ID, to help with plans to eradicate this and restore some semblance of garden.

    Anyway, she took some cuttings just a couple days ago, and did nothing to them but bring inside the house and put them in water. Snow on the ground outside, and no leaves showing on the bushes. As you can see there is quite a vigorous growth underway. Does that reddish-purple bark look familiar to anyone? For size - the stem where the leaves are coming out is maybe 3-4 mm in diameter...

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  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    These look like willows of some kind--and there are many that it could be. Is it a fairly wet backyard?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ditto to a willow Salix species.
     
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    Thanks! We're hoping the cuttings will take root and mature over the next few weeks, to aid identification. Need to have a plan of attack BEFORE SPRING!
    BTW, the local guesses have been "Balsam Poplar" and "Japanese Knotweed or hybrid thereof" (shudder!)
    The yard is perhaps a little wet down one end, apparently there is a ditch of some kind ( I haven't been there in person...)
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Definitely not Japanese knotweed or similar, so you don't have to worry about that.
     
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    Here is how its looking... a bit more mature - these are different cuttings, started a week or so ago!

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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    It is continuing to look like a willow!
     
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