Is the a maple seedling? Red stem??

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  1. cc-rider

    cc-rider Baroness of TisaWee Farm Supporter

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    It kinda looks like one I saw on a 'net search, but it has a red stem. The other pictures I saw didn't. My luck, it's poisonous!!!

    If it IS a maple, I'd like to dig them all up and transplant them into a nursery. The local stores are getting $25 for a nice-sized maple! I need a few.....

    Maple seedling??
     
  2. Cabin Fever

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    Looks like an Amur maple seedling. A photo of one is shown below. An Amur Maple is more of a bush than a tree.

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    Hmmmm..... I've never seen one of those before then. Could I have them in my yard here in Ohio?? Actually, I don't even know where there is a REAL maple tree around here, but I always am covered with the whirligigs.

    Do the Amur maples have the whirligigs? I dug up one to see if it was still attached to one, but it just had plain ol' roots.
     
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    Yes, they have whirlygigs (is that a technical term?)

    Amur maples are more of an ornamental plant. Chances are the seeds were transported with those woodchips shown in that photo of yours.
     
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    No, the technical term is floatymus whirlygigatinus. :)

    Ahhhh. I didn't think about that. It was mulch that I had trucked in a couple years ago from a tree-trimming place.

    Oh well, guess I won't try to grow them then. I need trees!
     
  6. uncle Will in In.

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    Maples mongrelize. We have mostly maples growing in this area, and they nearly all vary in apperance. We have them coming up everywhere each spring. Many look like your seedling. A good way to find out what you have is to set them in a nursery row and see how they turn out. It isn't a silver maple, which is good. They are trashy. Keep them trimed up the sides when small so they grow up shaped nicely.
     
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    How can you tell that it isn't a silver maple? How soon will I know if they are going to become a tree instead of a bush? (If they are a bush, and I keep trimming them, erroneously thinking they are a tree, will I ever know? Except that they will eventually stop growing UP).

    I'm confused. :confused:
     
  8. uncle Will in In.

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    Silver maples have a large leaf with deep notches in them. The edges are like they have been through pinking shears. The odds are against it being a bush. If its a tree, it will be five feet tall after two more years. Set them in partial shade. That makes them get tall faster.