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Lovemanyplants
Simi Valley, CA

February 16, 2013
11:57 AM

Post #9421008

This tree just grew. Obviously some little bird landed this one in my lap but I'm not sure of what it is. Anyone know?

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 16, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9421029

Show us more of the plant - stems, branches, whole plant.

Just the leaf alone leads me to guess Morus alba - Asian Mulberry. This species will notoriously be distributed by birds to sprout just about anywhere - including laps.
Lovemanyplants
Simi Valley, CA

February 17, 2013
11:44 AM

Post #9422054

There isn't much of the plant because it just sprouted this year but here are the pics.

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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2013
4:41 PM

Post #9422358

That's the pestiferous Asian/White Mulberry - Morus alba.
Lovemanyplants
Simi Valley, CA

February 17, 2013
7:47 PM

Post #9422500

Had someone at a nursery tell me that it was something else but didn't write it down and can't remember. Any other ideas? Wish it were Asian Mullberry. Love the fruit!! Thanks.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 18, 2013
4:10 AM

Post #9422665

If not a Mulberry of some sort, then I'm not able to help further.

It looks like a woody plant that has at least a year's growth. There's a main stem, and several side branches - one of which has the new leaves you have shown. That looks like a couple or three season's worth of growing - but since you are in mild CA, maybe that happens in one year.

Did this plant sprout in the pot shown? Or was it transplanted into it from somewhere else?
Lovemanyplants
Simi Valley, CA

February 18, 2013
9:43 PM

Post #9423871

The plant sprouted in the pot and has only been around maybe 8 months. Someone else said possible maple or sycamore. I'm still hoping you're right!:)

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 19, 2013
7:43 PM

Post #9424914

Definitely not Maple - Acer sp. have opposite arrangement of foliage, and that plant is alternately arranged.

I don't see anything remotely like the dormant buds of Sycamore in those images, and the leaves really don't match Platanus sp. either.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


February 19, 2013
7:50 PM

Post #9424920

This is kind of a long shot but could it be Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1153/

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

February 19, 2013
7:55 PM

Post #9424924

With that stiff woody stem?

I think those are chlorotic leaves - not necessarily variegated...
Lovemanyplants
Simi Valley, CA

February 19, 2013
10:49 PM

Post #9425100

Not a climber. More of a tree. And a tall stick of one too. Still hoping on the Mullberry. Had one in my old house but it was a black one and it was amazing. Soo sad to leave it. They cut it down!:(

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