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Date Photo Taken: July 5, 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: spitfire42

Notes:

Just moved into a new house and this weed/tree/shrub is popping up everywhere in my backyard. The first leaves are lobe-less but as it grows the leaves develop lobes. It’s growing like a weed and won’t die!

COMMENTS

  1. Cornelius Unregistered says:

    Your weed/tree/shrub looks like a Paper Mulberry, Broussonetia papyrifera, which is a weedy, scrub tree that readily self seeds and can be invasive. Checkout these links.

    http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/brpa1.htm

    http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=340

    July 6th, 2011 at 10:33 am
  2. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Looks like Giant Ragweed. http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/ambtr.htm

    July 7th, 2011 at 10:41 am
  3. Bobby Unregistered says:

    I just found a leaf that more closely resembles those in your picture. What you have may be a white mulberry. There is often leaf variations on the same plant including the giant ragweed plant. Check the weed you have for the presence of small hairs on the stem. The giant rageed i’ve seen also has a purple horizontal “hour glass” at the branch and stalk juncture. With those eliminated google white mulberry and compare. Here is a wikipedia drawing of leaf variations in white mulberry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Morus_alba-leaves.jpg
    I know giant ragweed seeds heavily and can pop up everywhere as you described. I am not sure if the white mulberry would be as prolific.

    July 7th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
  4. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Cornelius has nailed it! Thanks. Walter has a timely post on his home page regarding the mulberries. Check it out. http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR_237.pdf

    July 8th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  5. Cornelius Unregistered says:

    Thanks. Learned it through experience. I called one a fig once.

    July 11th, 2011 at 8:43 am
  6. Alice Walker Apprentice says:

    I’m going to vote for black mulberry. They grow all over Porterdale, GA where I used to live. They don’t produce edible fruit but many seedpods spread by the wind. They will grow in almost any undisturbed area such as around the base of your house. They grow very fast and produce a lovely tree with great shade. You can have a nice shade tree in one season. I think they are terrific plants in the right place. If they are in the wrong place, pull them up when they are young. They are hard to uproot. One of my favorites!

    July 16th, 2011 at 2:10 pm
  7. thetekkenmaster Registered says:

    Off top, I’d say this is a White Mulberry. I’ve been seeing them a lot lately. I’m a student at Gwinnett Technical College.
    For details on the department and classes go to http://www.gwinnetttech.edu/horticulture/

    September 20th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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