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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 6:53 am    Post subject: Help identify this plant Reply with quote

Hi,

Can you help me identify this bogland shrub/tree - it's the only one I have on my boggy plot. It looks at home but I just want to identify it in case it decides to takeover the place.

It's 24in high and appeared in the past few years.

Thanks all

Paton



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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a birch seedling ? ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not the only one there, either.
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help folks - yes there are multiple saplings there, but just those in the picture. There are only 2 or 3 10 year old Birches on site and they aren't as vigorous as these saplings.

I wanted to figure out what they were in case they can become invasive - the rushes will keep them in check maybe Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know guys, it's not like any birch I've seen before.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked at them again last evening and the leaf size is definitely much bigger than Downy Birch - the leaf shape however is very similar. Leaf size is perhaps 4cm tip to base.

It is definitely a woody plant!

Any other suggestions?
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cannot see enough detail to be sure.
Can you pick a leaf and feel very carefully the stalk.
Is it round or flat?
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's round
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you.
Just wanted to rule out Populus tremula...Aspen...which has flattened leaf stalks.

Just leaves Betula sp.
Have a look around for nearby parent tree.
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