Betty Brady
Betty Brady
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Asked on Aug 14, 2013

Anyone know what this is?

Carmen NemracPickettBetty Brady
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This is growing in my front garden inside a lilac that I trimmed back this spring. Not sure if it is a weed or an English walnut sapling. My resident squirrel likes to plant walnuts in my gardens. My neighbor across the street has an English walnut tree.
Unknown plant.
Unknown plant.
Its leaf has 5 sections to it.
Its leaf has 5 sections to it.
29 answers
  • Betty Brady
    on Aug 14, 2013

    I'm sorry the picture is not sharp. I will try to get one that is better.

  • Linda Boyce-Futch
    on Aug 15, 2013

    don't know, but check the leaves on your neighbors tree

  • Betty Brady
    on Aug 15, 2013

    Linda, I looked at pictures online and at my neighbor's tree. The leaves do not look like these. What I am thinking is it may be hogweed.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 15, 2013

    You will want to be very cautious if you think it may be hogweed. But I thought those leaves were much larger.

  • Betty Brady
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Douglas, when hogweed is first growing are the leaves as large as the ones I saw on an earlier post? If so, then maybe it is not hogweed. The leaves are not gigantic, but I've got to tell you they spooked me when I saw them growing in my garden. Never have seen a plant like this before.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Aug 16, 2013

    I'm not really sure, Betty, as, fortunately I have never encountered it growing myself. Perhaps the best thing to do is to check in with your local extension office. You may be able to send them a photo, or you may need to take a cutting (wear gloves when you do) from the plant and take it in in a sealed plastic bag. You're about as far away from me as it is possible to be and still be in the continental US, so you have plants I am completely unfamiliar with.

  • Judy Grecco
    on Aug 16, 2013

    It looks a bit like Queen of the Nile that has a pink plume flower.

    • Beth T
      on Aug 16, 2013

      @Judy Grecco thank you Judy for clearing up my question too I have had this plant growing for years but never had a name :) but as I do a search it doesn't match what it looks like the flowers on my are pink a soft petals

  • Leona G
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Definitely not walnut. Any gum or oak trees in the area?

  • Sharon B
    on Aug 16, 2013

    It looks like okra. Someone sent me seeds once that was supposed to be hibiscus but it looked like this plant and had yellow blooms. I still don't know what kind of plant it was.

  • Pamela Dyer
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Looks like an Oak Tree starting. That is Oak leaves by looking at the pic but the pic is a little fuzzy!

  • DOT MCCORK
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Looks like baby oak tree....probably from an acorn a squirrel or bird scattered.

  • Anna Marie Gustafson
    on Aug 16, 2013

    maybe cow parsnip-sometimes confused with hogweed...

  • April E
    on Aug 16, 2013

    looks like a oak to me I have squrills planting acorns all the time and that what they look like when they come up

  • Deborah Ledet Terrell
    on Aug 16, 2013

    My first thought was oak also, but gum is another good guess. We have them popping up everywhere. The gum root goes REALLY deep.

  • Peggy Mason
    on Aug 16, 2013

    It looks like my Split-Leafed Maple.

  • Sondra
    on Aug 16, 2013

    I agree with those who said Oak.

  • Kathy C
    on Aug 16, 2013

    Squirrels are great little gardeners, aren't they? I have little oaks everywhere!

  • Pickett
    on Aug 16, 2013

    I don't think it is any kind of tree. I had one of these come up voluntarily in my garden, so I got an up close look. The "stem" is green. Mine grew to be over 6 feet tall in 3 or 4 weeks, then I pulled it up. I don't know what it is, though.

  • Betty Brady
    on Aug 17, 2013

    Thanks everyone. I do have lots of resident squirrels. I was just hoping it was not Hogweed. There are lots of different trees around here. Guess I will just have to take it out when I remove the lilacs.

  • Charlotte Kent
    on Aug 17, 2013

    looks like oak.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Aug 17, 2013

    I have oak trees "volunteer" all over my yard....and the stem is very strong and almost "woody" from the beginning. If this has green all the way up I'd sadly say its probably a weed. I have similar ones that can get pretty tall if I let them. BUT the saddest thing is taking out the poor lilacs..one of my fav flowers even they give us so little I still love that early spring little bit of purple joy!

  • Reba Callaway
    on Aug 17, 2013

    HACKBERRY maybe

  • Lgsmith
    on Aug 18, 2013

    Not any oak like we have down south. I also think it's a weed. Leaves look similar to hog weed(yuck, very bad weed).

  • Rebecca Duff
    on Aug 18, 2013

    Looks like the starting of a Pin Oak..however, it also looks like a weed...It is really weird the way I have things pop up in my garden that I see NO where around! This may be the case.

  • Pickett
    on Aug 18, 2013

    I am not familiar with "Hog weed...probably a good thing. Can anyone send a photo of it and tell me why it's so bad?

  • Betty Brady
    on Aug 19, 2013

    Thanks everyone! I'm not intending to totally take out all the lilac. It simply has taken over too much of the garden area. The previous owners must have put it in and it is in the area where our main water meter is.

    • Betty Brady
      on Aug 24, 2013

      @Tanya Peterson Felsheim I will more than likely replant in the backyard. There are at least 4 other purple lilacs back there. Whoever owned this house before really liked lilacs! LOL

  • Betty Brady
    on Aug 19, 2013

    As I was pondering what this could be I thought of the trees around my neighborhood. My next door neighbor has a hardy type of fig tree that his mother sent to him from New York state. Leaf identification sites show the type of leaf I am seeing as a type of fig. Does this make sense to anyone here?

  • Pickett
    on Aug 20, 2013

    Wow!!! Thanks so much for that reference!

  • Carmen Nemrac
    on Sep 11, 2013

    Fig tree, for me.

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