Recently I pulled up (legally) a seedling tree in the back yard of William
Faulkner's home in Oxford Mississippi.
I coaxed it to grow in a pot and now have some questions. Please look at the
photo at the following site, and give me guidance.
Thanks to all for any help
Dunno. When I saw the picture the first thing I thought was "Virginia
creeper" (I have a lot of it) but that certainly isn't a type of tree.
The leaves' edges don't took right for buckeye or horse chestnut, at
least not any sort I'm familiar with, although the arrangement of
leaflets in a pinwheel looks right.
Virginia creeper was my immediate impression as well. I have it planted
around a deck in my backyard (was there when I moved in and I still
curse the previous owner occasionally) and little seedlings and suckers
appear here and there all over my yard which look identical to the photo.
It is impossible to get rid of and sometimes difficult to control once
established. Ray, if you plant this in your yard, expect it to spread
fairly rapidly and end up being a bit of a headache.
Dang, look at all the negatives!
Thanks Amos --
I don't believe this would be the Virginia creeper. First, I took it off the
side of a stump, about 3' in diameter, which had been cut down. Second, I
don't think the keepers of the Faulkner home would have allowed such a
troublesome plant to exist on the property.
Is it possible that it's an elm?
Virginia creeper pops up wherever it feels like it and is hard not to
find wherever it can grow wild. I would be very surprised not to find
it growing all over Rowan Oak, despite any efforts to eliminate it.
I guess it could be an elm or a chestnut or something else, but you will
probably have to wait and see to be convinced of what you have. If in a
few weeks it begins to stretch into a vine, you've got the creeper.
Here's a few photos I took today for you to compare
Hmm. At first I was fairly negative about Virginia creeper (perhaps
because here in the Washington, DC area it is extensively planted, one
might say overplanted, for things like covering up freeway noise
walls). "Sure it is native, but there are better native plants" kind
It is starting to grow on me. I'm getting fond of the red leaves in
fall. We will see if I regret this new-found tolerance if and when
the plants in my yard start getting a bit bigger. But for now I'm
just glad if they are choking out some of the plants we've already
considered undesirable (poison ivy, wisteria, bindweed, honeysuckle
and some others).
That's funny because really the only time I'm pissed about the creeper
is when I'm stripping it away from my honeysuckles with which they
compete for trellis space. I do love the fall colors, and especially
the berries with their dayglo pink stems. It is a fine and handsome
plant where it is welcome.
here are some areas which you may require additional knowledge.
Many tree problems are associated with the following:
Troubles in the Rhizosphere
Unhealthy Trees from the Nursery / Improper Planting
Look up "Tree Planting"
Improper Mulching - http://home.ccil.org/~treeman/sub3.html and
http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/M/index.html Look up "Mulch"
Improper Fertilization (See A Touch of Chemistry)
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
The leaf in your photo has a compound, palmate leaf form. Those are
( It is not a beech or chestnut; neither of those has compound
Buckeye does have compound, palmate leaves. Buckeye leaves grow
opposite on the stem. When your plant gets another leaf, if it is
this one, it is probably a buckeye.
But if the leaves alternate up the stem, it is Virginia Creeper.
You said you "took it off the side of a stump" That is how VA Creeper
holding tightly onto the trunk of a tree. If your plant develops
tendrils with little
sucker like pads, it's definitely a Creeper.
Enjoy it in a pot!
I vote for Virginia Creeper. Upon close examination of your photo, it looks
to have segments like a vine does. I have one that grows up my very large
oak tree in my backyard in NE AL. It's never been a problem and never has
gotten very far up the tree but does return every year.
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