plant id, possibly semihardy tree

shadysite(8)October 7, 2010

I have a volunteer under a holly tree. It grew 5 feet during the summer and has beautiful 5-lobed foot square leaves. American Plant Food could not identify it, but suggested it might be a semihardy, possibly tropical, tree. One nursery man allowed as he might have seen a similar plant in North Carolina.

I have pix of a leaf and the tree and could email them to interested parties.

Unfortunately, the uploader to the photo galleries on this site is not working at present, although "we are aware of the problem!"

HELP! I have to either move this tree or rip it out!

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Some types of Figs have 5 lobed large leaves. Google some photos and look at different types of leaves for figs.

Can you upload your photos to a storage site like Photo Bucket and then link it here? Photo Bucket is free.

Also, where are you located? Not many areas that are zone 8 in midatlantic region...

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 4:02PM
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Thanks for the good idea, Cynthia. Here's the ling to my photobucket album
2 photos of the leaf and one of the tree.

I don 't think it's a fig because the nursery sells several kinds of figs. I'm right on Western Avenuem DC/`md line, gratuitously heated by the city traffic, therefore zone 8, presumably.

Thanks again, and take a look. Not like any fig I've seen.


Here is a link that might be useful: EOGB album

    Bookmark   October 9, 2010 at 5:58PM
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ellicottcitycathy(7a/baltimore suburb)

I thought it was a castor bean at first. But when I look closely at the leaves, they are not deeply cut like yours.

Castor bean leaves are similar, but not an exact match for your leaf. I'll keep looking!

    Bookmark   October 10, 2010 at 10:47PM
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Cathy, Thanks. I posted to NAME THAT PLANT also, so maybe someone in NC and further south will recognize. Lisa

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 10:05AM
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Some type of Aralia - Fatsia Japonica - close.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 11:10PM
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Check under Tetrapanax too (first thing I thought of was 'rice paper tree' but couldn't remember botanical name). Can't find an exact match but T papyriferus very close.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2010 at 11:17PM
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Thanks for suggestions. Someone also said papaya. Does look like tetrapanax...I sent photos to MD extension to see if they could determine. Lisa

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 11:41AM
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Papayas apparently grow fast, and, if you eat papayas at home, it might answer the question of how it got under your holly tree in the first place. I have found good-sized mango and avocado seedlings in the garden, where we evidently had dumped the seeds with the kitchen scraps. There is at least one papaya tree at the Botanical Garden; I will try to go look.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2010 at 12:59PM
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Thanks, everyone. The general consensus is that this is probably a papaya which neither flowered nor fruited because too much shade an that it will die off before spring if we have any freeze at all. I toyed with the idea of transplanting, but it won't transplant well, so I will let it rest and see what time does, or if that little bird comes back with another seed, or, if my kids gifted me with that papaya, they do so again! Lisa

    Bookmark   October 16, 2010 at 10:35AM
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