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Plant/tree ID help please!

Hi, I’m a novice gardener who has just moved into a new house. Please could someone help me ID this tree / plant? It has very large oval leaves (up to 30-40cm long) and a hollow stem and grows very fast. I’m hoping it’s not knotweed because of the leaf shape and stem pattern..

 Thank you!


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,153
    * bump* in the hope that someone can advise  :)
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,687
    It does not look like Japanese Knotweed to me. Is it growing from the cut down woody branch? I can't think of any hollow stemmed shrub/tree with leaves like that. I'm assuming the individual leaf is not 30-40cm in length?
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,323
    It’s not knotweed, is it coming off that tree stump  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Looks like an ash tree, not sure about the hollow stems though.

  • Hi thank you all so much for your help. It’s not growing off that stump in the photo but off a smaller stump behind that you can’t see and that had also been cut back. However thinking about it now the larger stump at the front had some brown ‘leaves’ hanging off it that could perhaps have been ash seeds? It’s growing at a fast rate so I assume unless I want a very tall tree (and there is already a tall ash next to it) I should perhaps try and remove it? 
  • Sorry a tall cherry tree next to it that should have said.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,733
    The leaves certainly look like an ash tree Fraxinus.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • It's not a Walnut is it? 
  • It's not an ash, at least not fraxinus excelsior, the common ash, which has opposite leaves.
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