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Old 07-24-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Hi. Mom used to have a garden, but it was 'abandoned' for several years. My brother's girlfriend came over on Father's day and wanted to start it over. 4 hours and $450+ later, the garden was reborn.

Even Mom doesn't remember what used to be planted there, but a few things survived. I've left several plants alone, not wanting to pull up something pretty. I think these that follow are weeds/trees. Any help is greatly appreciated!

I think this one is a rejuvenated Hydrangea. The leaves look like the new growth on an established plant (blue) we have.

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I'm pretty sure the rest are weeds:
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Thanks!

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Yes, that is definately a hydrangea.
It will grow back with enough water.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Actually, I don't think any of these are 'weeds', although I can't identify all of them and have never been to New York.

#1 hydrangea. It will live if you take care of it. [bush]
#2 looks like a cherry sproutling? [tree]
#3 poplar(ish) birch(ish) thing [tree]
#4 maple(ish) thing [tree]
#5 ?
#6 ?
#7 fig [tree]
#8 azalea? [bush]

Have any of these plants bloomed? Could you give us a better idea of their sizes? Maybe more photos?

These are all woody plants and not weeds.

(I believe 3 & 5 are the same plant.)

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Old 07-24-2012, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Many of these look like multiple photos of the same two or three plants.

#2 is the most cursed weed tree I have ever encountered. I think it is a box elder. They are tough, they grow quickly, and they usually sprout up in the middle of other large shrubs in the garden.

Could #3 be a mulberry tree?

#4 looks like a type of maple tree.

Honestly #8 looks like a type of azaelea/rhododendron. Do those grow up there??
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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We don't have cherry here - I think. I'll pull the trees as planned. I'll keep #8, at least for a while and of course #1. It just started coming back and I realized today that it looks like our blue hydrangea. That'll make mom happy!. 8 could be azealea. Mom loves those and they grow well here. She had planted a bunch of them years ago. This may be the only old survivor.

Looks like I have some heavy digging to do this week!

I'll take some more pics tomorrow, of sections of the garden and post them here to be sure. some are getting quite big now. These pics were taken at least a week ago.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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5-6 look to be Hibiscus.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:03 PM
 
Location: The land of infinite variety!
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LOL, a Botany professor years ago told me this:

"A weed is just a plant in the wrong place."
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:29 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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1.) Hydrangea (type/cultivar I have no idea)
2.) Need more info
3.) Mulberry (Need more info to determine exact species)
4.) Silver maple
5.) Need more info
6.) Need more info
7.) Looks like red maple for the time being but post some pictures when the leaves mature or more identifying characteristics surface such as bark, fruit, flowers
8.) Looks like a Rhododendron but shrubs aren't really my forte.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: deafened by howls of 'racism!!!'
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LOL, a Botany professor years ago told me this:

"A weed is just a plant in the wrong place."
yup. 'a plant out of place' is how my agronomy professor taught it.

the most perfect corn stalk in the world is a weed, when it's growing in a soybean field.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I might be wrong but my first impression of pic#2 is of a Siberian elm. Siberian elms can be considered "weedy" trees and invasive in places in the US and sometimes they can be seen sprouting in abandoned lots and roadsides.
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