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mystery shrub

Posted by pianotobe none (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 15, 13 at 7:52

Does anyone know what this shrub is?

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RE: mystery shrub

Can you give some background?

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

RE: mystery shrub

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.

RE: mystery shrub

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.

RE: mystery shrub

Thanks - I didn't remember to scratch the branch and sniff - it is indeed a sassafras.

RE: mystery shrub

Or you can examine the bundle scars!

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