Wildflowers: what is this interesting shrub?

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Cherish, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Cherish

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    I saw this along the treeline at a meadow's edge and the curious coloration and the seed clusters amongst all of the other plain green shrubs definitely grabbed my attention. Any ideas what it is?
     

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    Weekend Gardener Active Member 10 Years

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    Looks like whatever the plant is has a bad case of powdery mildew.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Looks like a Ptelea.
     
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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    ...and it looks like a hop tree (wafer ash) to me also.
     
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    Thanks. It does look like a hop tree from the pictures I've found, except for the coloring of course. Perhaps it does have something but I don't think it's mildew.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Maybe a virus disease? Agree it doesn't look like mildew.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Could be bugs such as leafhoppers or mites. Look on the leaf undersides.
     
  8. Cherish

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    A bug can make the leaves lose some of their green in such a splotchy fashion? Well, this photo is from a month ago or so and when I returned a few days ago the shrub (and others not adjacent but in the vicinity) were still oddly colored (though some of the shrubs less so than others), but I didn't observe any pests, though perhaps the damage was done earlier in the summer and the now there is nothing to see but the results.
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Wondering if the spotty discolorization could be the result of contact with some sort of chemical spray. Cherish says that the plant is at a meadow's edge: could be that it received an inadvertent dose of insecticide, fertilizer, or the like...Maybe a substance that caused a light sensitivity or chlorosis.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, it can, when there is an infestation of numerous small sap-sucking insects.
     
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    Well, it'll be interesting to see how it looks next spring.
     

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