Horticulturist (Me) needs strange plant identifcation

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Horticulturist (Me) needs strange plant identifcation

Post  Gary Swiech on Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:39 pm

A Horticulturist by trade and Bonsai enthusiast since 1975, I have never seen this plant before and hope someone can identify it.

• Leaves, simple, 3 lobed

• Stem, tomentose (hairy),

• Branching, alternate



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Post  David Brunner on Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:50 pm

Hello Gary - have you looked into Rubus?  Rubus odoratus and Rubus parviflorus both have simple alternate leaves on pubescent stems.  They generally have five-lobed leaves instead of three-lobed, but I do see a couple of the leaves on your plant which are five-lobed or nearly so.  Of course this would be much easier if you had flowers.  

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Post  M. Frary on Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:41 pm

Raspberry.

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Post  Gary Swiech on Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:22 pm

Thanks guys but I have Rubus odoratus and Rubus parviflorus growing in the back of my yard. The leaves are not as hairy on this plant.

The Arbor day foundation sent me a bunch of seedling in the Spring and this was one of them. I'll have to give them a call when I get a chance. It's supposed to be a tree of some sort.

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Post  Leo Schordje on Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:38 pm

Its a rare day when the identity of a tree stumps Gary. And it stumps me too. I'm thinking something like a member of the Virginia creeper / Boston ivy family, but not either one of those species.

There is a Viburnum with maple like leaves, Viburnum acerifolium, but it has an opposite leaf pattern, not alternating. So it ''ain't no viburnum'.

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Post  Gary Swiech on Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:28 pm

I sent the photos to the Arbor Day Foundation, the source of the plant and they don't even know what it is! Still searching.

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