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I'm going native...please help me take inventory.

Posted by indianarichard 5 (My Page) on
Fri, May 11, 07 at 8:55

You've convinced me! I've done my reading and research and now consider myself a total convert to native gardening. Now it's time for ACTION!

The next logical step is taking inventory of the species in my yard. Could someone please help me identify these plants? Even better, are they native to northern indiana (or, more broadly, the midwest)?

I can take more photos upon request if you would like to look at anything closer, or more specific.







Plant #1
Plant #2
Plant #3
Plant #3 (again)

Thank you so much for your help.


-IndianaRichard


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RE: I'm going native...please help me take inventory.

indianarichard,
Plant #1 is a Black Cherry - Prunus serotina - this is native and will grow to be a large tree. At the base on the cherry is a clump of daylilies, which are not native. Plant #2 look like the branch of a Box Elder - Acer negundo. This is also a large native tree.


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Thank you so much! I'm very excited about the black cherry. As it turns out, it's in a perfect spot to grow into a mature tree, and I thought I was going to have to buy a new tree for that spot.

I'm going to take some close up pics of #3 this evening - it's starting to grow some interesting clusters of what I assume are buds. I think this could help identify it.

Thanks again...


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RE: I'm going native...please help me take inventory.

Is #3 an euonymous?


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RE: I'm going native...please help me take inventory.

It could be Euonymus...there seem to be many varieties of it. Here is the close-up picture of the buds I mentioned. Sorry I couldn't get any closer zoom. My camera isn't very good and gets blurry within 2 ft. or so.


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Thank you! Euonymus, yes, or at least I'm now 98% sure of it...but which species? I'm leaning towards Euonymus atropurpurea (Eastern Wahoo), or Euonymus europaeus (european spindle tree). This makes a difference, as Wahoo is native and Spindle Tree is not? Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

Thanks again, everyone, for your help!


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After just a quick check between those two, it seems to resemble Euonymus atropurpurea more. Perhaps when it blooms you can id it for sure.


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I am a big fan of native plants, but I don't see any reason to tear out plants that are appropriate for their spot, just because they are not native. In one plant bed I have a Japanese Maple coexisting nicely with a Dogwood and Mountain Laurel.


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