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    07 / 23 / 2022

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I found the seedling over a year ago in my garden and transplanted it in a big pot. I was hoping it'd be a native because we have a number of native trees behind our property where the parent tree of this seedling is. I have never seen the parent bloom but the more research I do, the more I am worried it might be a princess tree. What is it? Thanks


  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    You’re welcome emigodwin! Check out the included video link below for a one year. sapling American Sycamore. Leaves of the sapling appear less lobed looking than those from a more mature specimens. Best wishes emigodwin!

    July 29th, 2022 at 12:00am

  • emigodwin Registered says:

    Thank you, laura735. The American Sycamore was one of my earlier guesses because there are a number of them in Colonial Williamsburg and we are not too far from there. Its leaves look more lobed and I ruled it out. I will try to take a better picture of the seedling and the parent tree and repost. I am glad it’s not the Princess tree (too invasive in Virginia). Thanks again.

    July 28th, 2022 at 4:17pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    The leaves are not opposite, this rule out princess tree. It’s hard to see the rest of the plant i.e. the side view, closeup of the main trunk /twig, etc…I’m taking a guess for now. Maybe the American Sycarmore (Platanus occidentalis)? According to sources, the American Sycamore’s under leaves are fuzzy & whitish in color. Again I ‘m speculating, more details wold help. If you are still uncertain, please resubmit with picture of its parent tree. Thank you & best wishes!

    July 28th, 2022 at 9:40am

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