mystery shrub

pianotobeAugust 15, 2013

Does anyone know what this shrub is?

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Can you give some background?

Where is it? City/state, wild/garden
How tall?
Any flowers or fruit?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 10:43PM
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Update from OP:
"It's in the upper Hudson valley, NY, in a wooded area. I haven't seen any flowers or fruit. It stands about 6-7 feet high. It's the only one of its kind in the area."

It reminds me of a young sassafras.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 9:00AM
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If it is a sassafrass, which would have been my first guess also, you can tell by the root beer smell of a broken branch or leaf.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 8:50AM
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Thanks - I didn't remember to scratch the branch and sniff - it is indeed a sassafras.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 9:40AM
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currentriverdenny(7 semo)

Or you can examine the bundle scars!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2013 at 12:44AM
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