What type of tree is this?

This was growing out of one of my flowers pots... I don't know what type of tree this is....It may have found it's way there via some bird seed that I had on my balcony from my bird feeder... If it's no good ( like, maybe it's a weed ) I'd like to toss it!! For now I'm hanging on to it until I find out what it is...
Thanks for your help... P.S.. Could this possibly be a Cardinal flower??
Update: My Hometalk Friends I'm going to go with the idea that this could be a Willow tree. I took the entire plant in it's pot to a local horticulturist and he said that it was a Willow. I will update and keep you all posted.
Thank you all so much for your helpful input... :)
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  • Grace Grace on May 08, 2016
    Looks like am bamboo
  • Bennie Bennie on May 08, 2016
    Bamboo it is , be sure you wnt it, will spread like wildfire,,,,
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 08, 2016
      @Bennie Thanks for your input... I live in the Piedmont area of South Carolina... We have rouged/ prolific growing Bamboo here in the wooded areas... My Sister thinks it resembles a Willow... So the guess is still on, it dose somewhat resemble a bamboo so I'll keep a watch on it.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 08, 2016
    Agree it is bamboo. which is beautiful but keep in the pot as it spreads everywhere.I have it and totally regret planting it.
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 08, 2016
      @Janet Pizaro Thanks for your input... I sure hope it's Not! Bamboo...I'm keeping an eye on it..
  • Antje Antje on May 08, 2016
    I'm pretty sure it's not bamboo. Bamboo is a grass and you would see the shafts of each leaf running along down the grass stalk. The leaves of this plant seem to come directly from the branches without a 'shaft'. Another way to check is if you cut a branch or stem once the plant is a bit older. If it was bamboo it should be hollow (the young shoots probably aren't yet, or it's difficult to see). Initially I thought it might be a species of willow, but I'm not so sure after seeing in the close-up photo that they are ever so slightly serrated. There are hundreds of different willow species (as far as I'm aware), so could still be one, though. Does it grow really fast? Wait and see if it produces flowers, then it will be easier to tell. Hope this helps.
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 08, 2016
      @Antje Yes my sister said the same thing because she did not see bands around the shaft... Antje..As far as the speed of growth... I didn't even notice it in the pot until recently because we have had days of rain on in and I had not been outdoors to check my potted plants, I have several tall vines on my balcony like Honey Suckles and Jasmine so this was hidden from me.. Thanks so much for your input I'll keep and eye on it and try to remember to summit an update.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 08, 2016
    From the photo it looks like bamboo and willow,Hmm so hard to tell. However even ifs it is a willow again I caution you. Made that mistake to.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 08, 2016
    I say if you like it and it's growing well, keep it! If it blooms...even better!
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    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 08, 2016
      @MN Mom Great advice from your neighbor... It's good that you waited, what a nice surprise.. I'll keep you posted.
  • Wendy Wendy on May 08, 2016
    Butterfly Bush?
  • Vetsy Vetsy on May 08, 2016
    Could this possibly be Cardinal flower? I had a few in a pot on my Balcony last year but thought that they all died... I'm not at all familiar with the habits of the Cardinal Flower......If it's a Cardinal Flower it certainly is tall... The search continues..
  • Antje Antje on May 09, 2016
    Yes, keep us posted, Vesty. You could also look around in your own or neighbours gardens or surrounding countryside if they have a plant with similar characteristics (bearing in mind that if it is a willow it might be a tall tree...).
  • Allen Kang Allen Kang on May 09, 2016
    It's Look like Butterfly Bush in Cardinal flower.
  • Deezie Deezie on May 09, 2016
    Hi there, I have willow trees,not weeping willow but tall beautiful willow and this looks like it. But it also looks like bamboo, we have bamboo also but ours doesn't spread, just stays in the same spot for years. Good luck, it looks pretty so far
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 09, 2016
      @Deezie Thank you so much for your input.... I would love a Bamboo that stays put, that would be a lovely treat! I haven't seen the willows that are not weeping I bet it is just as lovely. I had a few ( weeping ) that my sister propagated, when I lived In Michigan. They soon out grew every pot that we placed them in so I didn't take any with me when I moved to South Carolina.
  • Lil6202859 Lil6202859 on May 09, 2016
    Its a little willow tree, I know because I have three of them in my own garden
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 09, 2016
      @Liliq52 Oh wow, I don't know how it got in my pot.. But if it's indeed a willow as you have stated I have a nice little surprise! I had a few weeping willows that my sister propagated growing in large pots when I lived in Michigan... They soon out grew every pot that I placed them in so I had to leave them with my sister when I moved. How Large dose yours get... Thank you for your input...
  • Nancy Stewart Hadley Nancy Stewart Hadley on May 09, 2016
    It's bamboo I believe
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 09, 2016
      @Nancy Stewart Hadley Thanks for your input... Yep, the verdict is still out on the fact that it might be, The leaves resemble Bamboo, but its the shaft and the way that it is branching that makes me wonder if it's something else....
  • Rab663545 Rab663545 on May 09, 2016
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 09, 2016
      @Rabbitsunlimited God forbid because if that is the case it's going bye! bye! fast!!! Thanks for your input.
  • Deanna.Turetski Deanna.Turetski on May 09, 2016
    I would say bamboo.
  • Leslie Conterman Lanning Leslie Conterman Lanning on May 09, 2016
    Well I would clip a branch and take to the local garden center that specializes in landscaping and ask them. Forget going to Home Depot or Lowes type of places.
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 09, 2016
      Yes thanks I just did this.. this afternoon and the head horticulturist said that it surely looks like bamboo to him.. Thank you for your onput
  • DORLIS DORLIS on May 09, 2016
    You are starting out right, saving it just to be sure. I agree with going to a nursey with a clipping
  • Karen Karen on May 09, 2016
  • Mary Beth Ogle Mary Beth Ogle on May 09, 2016
    It looks like Cardinal Flower
  • Tammy Sea Tammy Sea on May 09, 2016
    I concur with taking it to a garden center for identification. I used Google Images and came up with nothing. Honestly, it looks like a tall weed to me. LOL
  • Carol Carol on May 09, 2016
    I believe that to be a bamboo shoot. They are so prolific..
  • Ranger Ranger on May 09, 2016
    It is bamboo - do not put in your garden, you will never get rid of it and it will not take too long to have a forest of it that you can do nothing with.
  • Dawn B Dawn B on May 10, 2016
    I was just going to say it was a willow, then saw what you posted above.
  • 1240839 1240839 on May 11, 2016
    It looks like willow, due to leaf texture.
    • Vetsy Vetsy on May 13, 2016
      @Rebecca Beisenstein Thanks so much... I do think it's the leaf texture that makes the difference when it comes to identifying what this is...