Sunday, July 24, 2011

Can you Identify this Plant?


This plant has two types of leaves, oakish leaves as well as teardrop or heart shaped leaves. It is growing wild between my bushes and porch railing. I'm not sure it's a vine, since it is so young, but it has branches that get pretty long considering its height. I am going to remove it; however, would like to know if it is something that irritates the skin.

Any ideas?

14 comments:

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Both leaves on the same vine? Strange indeed! I have no clue. Perhaps a local county extension agent could help identify it if no one on line recognizes it.

aprons & Old lace said...

I don't know what that is. I hope it isn't poison. I will ask the FarmerMan if he knows what that is. :)

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Yes, both leaves on one vine, I made sure. It is strange. There are far fewer of the large ones. Maybe I will try the extension office. I hope it's not poison too. I'll wear gloves.

Anonymous said...

I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like a Mullbery tree (sapling) to me. They sprout up everywhere around my house. Birds love the fruit.
Jackie in Pennsylvania

Anonymous said...

Looks like Mulberry to me. Do you have a mature Mulberry tree close by that would have produced a baby? Mulberry has immature leaves that differ from the mature ones. Good luck solving the mystery!

Jenny said...

If you hadn't said "vine" I would insist it was mulberry. My young Red Mulberry trees all have both kinds of leaves.

But it's not poison ivy or poison oak.

Julie said...

I was at Homestead Revivals site and clicked over.
Looks like a mulberry tree to me.
http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4H/RedMulberry/RedMulberryLeafWeb.jpg

Nicci Lynn said...

It is a weed! If you leave it long enough though, it will turn into a mulberry tree - We have mulberry saplings like crazy around here. They can turn woody and hard fast so pull them up quick.
Nic @ www.AFarmhouseFull.com

The Urban Rabbit said...

It looks a but like a mulberry. I've seen some plants with the two kinds leaves that look similar. I would take it in just in case but I think that's what your dealing with! :) Good Luck!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Thank you all SO much! I know this may sound strange but God works in strange ways. After reading some of the blogs I have been wanting a mulberry tree and what do you know . . . I have one! (Maybe I should have wished to win a big lottery instead?)

I've seen great mulberry recipes. Maybe I can get it out in one piece. I was worried it was some kind of poison oak or something.

Journey11 said...

I think it's a mulberry too. Here's a good pic. http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/4H/RedMulberry/RedMulberry.htm

Jenny said...

If you ever change you mind and need to remove it, Mulberry is an excellent livestock feed and the wood can be used for firewood...or bow making.

Homesteading Chic said...

I was ready your comments. Cool that you got the mulberry tree you wanted. :) (Yes, I'd go for the lottery next. lol!!!)

Anonymous said...

Deffinitely a mulberry .. They grow like weeds .. within ten years you may be thinking twice about it .. we had one i let grow,, it split the patio (concrete) with its roots.. I cut it several times to just a 7 foot stump and it just comes back like a mad bush each year .. When they fruit ,, it is insane mess below the tree unless you harvest it all .. can just lay a sheet under the tree and shake it .. we could get half a pail each day no problem for a couple of weeks .. I thought ours tasted much like ripe kiwi fruit..
I`m sure by now you have a decent little treeling going on ,.. the old wood gets berries ,, new growth will not .. if you want to keep it from getting fruit ,, just prune the heck out of it .. if you remove everything ,, it will just come right back nice and bushy .. will not berry ...