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Does anyone recognize this plant? It appeared a couple weeks ago under my cherry and cedar trees.

It's about 12 inches tall. You can see another one coming up next to him. Altogether we have a dozen or so of these.


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its a mystery dave, but looking at the leaves, it may well be a cedar seedling, leaves look about right, reddish stems ?, if so dave start pulling them up, pull them and pot them till you know for sure.

Cedar? How can that be? This is definitely a deciduous shrub/tree and the cedars are, of course, evergreen.


Deep South Coastal, TX(Zone 10a)

Is it cottonwood? We had trees like that in the yard when I was a kid. They popped up everywhere and had fuzzy seed things on them like caterpillars. (doesn't that really sound like a professional nurseryman to you?)

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Dave... I don't think it's a cedar either, but it looks like a familiar appalachian seedling. Have to think on it a bit... Probably not cottonwood as I thought they typically do not grow here.

Richfield Springs, NY(Zone 4a)

My guess would be one of the birches or hawthorns. Do they grow by you?

Tilton, NH(Zone 4a)

And why couldn't it be a baby cherry tree?

Cedar: Sometimes the most obvious answers are often overlooked. Of course these are cherry seedlings. The foliage is identical to the parent and, under the cherry tree, there are literally hundreds of these plants.

Problem solved!! They are cherry seedlings!


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That is ironic isn't it?

Tilton, NH(Zone 4a)

Yes, but you see, I KNOW what a cedar seedling looks like! ;)

Elizabethton (Stoney, TN(Zone 6b)

Reading this whole scenario was fun!~! Thanks for the entertainment!~!

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