View Full Version : Tree or not?

05-06-2006, 11:07 AM
I've already put this in the forum, but i thought it might get a bit more attention here... This kinda just popped up in a pot i had out in my garden. Any idea what it might be? If its even a tree?

05-06-2006, 05:47 PM
It's been a few years now since I was regularly growing maples from seed, so my memory of them is pretty fuzzy. However, I think that's a sugar maple seedling, at the stage when the first true leaves have emerged. The first ones are often relatively simple, without the multiple lobes and such.

05-06-2006, 06:09 PM
Okay that makes sense...there was a helicopter in the pot when i first noticed it, but i did'nt think of it as a maple growing...

Oh and are birch seeds whats falling all over the place this time of year? They are all over my pool area...

05-06-2006, 06:16 PM
What do the seeds look like?

05-06-2006, 07:25 PM
yeah here...These are seeds right? or are they flowers. I have no clue!

The first one is of the tree they most likely came from...


This is it up close on the tree(sorry its blurry


This is the maple tree i suspect the one in the pot came from...


05-06-2006, 08:00 PM
Yeah those are the birch flowers (called aments, or "catkins"). They can make a mess in the spring.

That maple looks like it might be a Norway maple (Acer platanoides) instead of a sugar maple (A. saccharum, my namesake). That would make sense; Norway seedlings tend to spread pretty aggressively and germinate in odd places. To confirm, pluck a leaf off of that tree - if the sap in petiole (leaf stalk) is milky white, it's a Norway; if the sap is clear, it's a sugar.

05-06-2006, 08:57 PM
Okay the stuff is white!

05-07-2006, 09:27 PM
I'm gonna go out on a limb (no pun intended) and guess the seedling in the pot (and in my backyard, as shown in your other post) is a Boxelder. I've seen Boxelder seedlings get almost a foot tall before showing compound leaves.

My neighbor (unfortunately) has several, and the helicopters resemble other maples' helicopters.

If not a Boxelder, definitely some other type of maple.

Let's see what they look like after a few more weeks.