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Date Photo Taken: July 7, 2011
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
Posted By: epfreedman


This plant started growing rapidly in our backyard last year. It just started growing and now is about 7 ft. tall. It is overpowering our roses. I don’t know if it is a tree or a weed.


  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    It’s both! It’s a weed AND a tree. It looks like a mulberry, which is notoriously weedy. Typically, birds will eat the mulberries on a tree in your neighborhood, then poop the seeds while they are perched in your roses. (Interestingly, many plants depend on the birds ‘processing’ the seeds in order to ensure their germination and expand their range.) If you prefer roses to weedy trees, remove the mulberry. I recommend you pull it or dig it up, because simply cutting it off will allow it to re-grow. With every cycle of cut and re-growth, the roots become stronger and more entrenched. Most every species of tree will behave this way, not just mulberry.

    July 9th, 2011 at 7:34 am
  2. Wayne Unregistered says:

    I don’t think this is a Mulberry. This “tree” has opposite leaves and Mulberry’s have alternate leaves. There are only 8 or so trees east of the Mississippi with opposite leaves. More than likely it’s an Ash leaf. If not, it’s probably a shrub of some type, though I don’t know a lot about shrubs. Check out t his link to a page on Ash trees.

    July 14th, 2011 at 2:33 pm
  3. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Wayne, you’re right. The more I look at it, the less it looks like mulberry. However, Fraxinus it ain’t. Ash has a compound leaf much like a pecan or hickory. In fact, the site you linked to has some great photos of that compound leaf. What do you think of this being a Viburnum? The leaves look a lot like V. plicatum ‘tomentosum’ or good ol’ Snow ball bush. I’m sure the birds could have propagated this just like a mulberry, but I’ve not seen it grow all that rapidly, as the post-er describes.

    July 15th, 2011 at 10:35 am
  4. Sherry Registered says:

    maple, ash, dogwood, and buckeye have opposite leaves.

    July 15th, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  5. Stanley from ABAC Unregistered says:

    Could this plant be, American Beauty Berry, or Service Berry?

    July 24th, 2011 at 8:25 am
  6. Ellen Freedman Unregistered says:

    This information is from a UGA professor, an authority on woody plants: “looks like viburnum plicatum type. opposite leaves, pleated veins, strong dentate serrations, etc. can get big to 15 feet; occasionally, but not usually a tree, probably multi-stemmed. could be forma plicatum or tomentosum. no way to know without the flower and/or fruit. “

    July 30th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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