Just cut my meadow for the spring recently and noticed this coming up. Appears to be putting on new growth each day. I'm thinking it's invasive. Any guesses?
Here is a link that might be useful: plant link
Can you show a close up of the leaves? Opposite branching so that limits the choices considerably. Viburnums and Ashes have opposite branching.
Here's the best I can get from my phone. Can click to zoom.
Another opposite branching shrub is Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis and I know that the emerging leaves look similar to that. It usually lives in moist conditions.
Hmmmm. I planted a small buttonbush in the backyard last year. Never flowered but had a growth surge in late summer. I'll have to take a look at it and compare notes.
I'm thinking Lonicera.
It looks like honeysuckle which is very invasive. Kill it if you can!
Heres' one last close-up photo of the leaves. There's a few more in my neighbor's yard and I'm noticing it everywhere in the woods. Wondering if anyone can give me a latin name for it:
What general area are you in, C2G? That might help narrow it down a bit. And while some honeysuckle is invasive, there's lots that isn't. Lonicera ciliosa, Western Trumpet Honeysuckle, for example, is a native plant where I live--not considered invasive at all.
@Praties - I live in Philadelphia.