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04/06/2013 at 16:50

I have looked but cannot see what this plant / tree is called. The main stem is brown and hairy, very smooth soft hair. Any ideas???  Thank You!


04/06/2013 at 16:52

Oh that looks like one of those suckering tree type plants that people let go wild in their front gardens..but I forgot its name.

I could be wrong ofc!

04/06/2013 at 16:59

Rhus typhina. Lovely autumn colour

04/06/2013 at 17:03

That's the one! Thanks nut...somehow I was confident you would know

04/06/2013 at 17:11

watch out for this one.  lovely autumn colour maybe but a suckering thug best removed from your garden

04/06/2013 at 17:16

True Verdun 

04/06/2013 at 17:35

There were three separate ones here when we moved in, right along the line of the main sewer pipe.  We werevery lucky and managed to get rid of them all, even the one which had split the pipe and was busy filling it with root. Another one of those plant at your peril things.

04/06/2013 at 18:19

Such a pity rhus is such a pain, as it is so lovely in autumn - our neighbour across the road has one, and I am very happy to admire it from afar!

04/06/2013 at 18:28

I think you are being harsh. I have a Rhus and it does sucker, but the suckers are easily removed and the flowers and autumn colours are superb.

04/06/2013 at 18:31

Is this the stags horn?

04/06/2013 at 18:37

It is lucky

04/06/2013 at 19:12

but you see punkdoc, you are there with your careful management.

Let's be honest, most garden worthy trees, shrubs and perennials would be thugs given half a chance or not had it knocked out of them by intensive-intensive breeding.

Us gardeners beautify the bold and conquer the onslaught of nature that would happily cover motorway in ten years without traffic.


04/06/2013 at 20:39

Lucky 3 It is stag's horn.

Mindy I have one and all I do to keep it in check is spade around it's cirumference every now and then. I don't find it invasive and it's an interesting plant especially in the winter when you are left with the red horns on bare branches.

04/06/2013 at 21:08

Thanks guys! It had planted itself in a 3ft x 3ft planter that i planted a Nandina domestica in three years ago. I removed it today and the roots were deep and stubborn! I find it rather attractive and interesting looking plant and have repotted it in a large pot on the patio. I presume I didn't get all the roots so maybe more will appear. I will keep it in check. Thanks again, really appreciate it!

04/06/2013 at 21:21

Thanks Kef, I just googled it and it looks like a beauty! Haven't seen any around here. Never seen one before. I feel quite lucky!

04/06/2013 at 21:26

It can be kept as a small bush, like I do, but will grow like a tree if you let it. Enjoy Mindy.

04/06/2013 at 22:13

Oddly enough I lost mine because the roots rotted out and I had hoped that I would find some suckers to replace it but no luck. It never suckered at all unlike the wild cherry and the cherry plum which send suckering roots out for miles across the garden. It was a beautiful specimen about 12ft high with a canopy about 18ft across. Bees love it too. It just fell over one sad day with very little root left.

When I cut it up I tried using a log splitter wedge to create firewood sized pieces and discovered that it had grown in a tight spiral making it impossible to split lengthways.

04/06/2013 at 22:30

The label on mine said cut it down every year. I tried last year and it is now shooting deform the side.

04/06/2013 at 23:55

the more you cut it the more it will sucker.

it often sends suckers up a surprising distance away.  why take the risk?

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