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BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,266
Can somebody please tell me what these would grow into. Every day I must pull out about 20 which have germinated in my raised beds or the surrounding gravel.

Rutland, England


  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 383
    Looks like sycamore to me. The long tap root is line with what I see in my garden. 
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,266
    Could it be ash? There are no sycamores near by.
    Thanks Jason.
    Rutland, England
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited April 2020
    Ash tree seedlings also look like that.  If you don't get them quick they grow very quickly and then become a real pain to remove.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 383

    Yeah could also be Ash. I put sycamore at the top of my list. Due the volume you stated you were seeing. I get thousands a year from an 80 footer outside my house.
    I guess the only way to tell for sure is to allow one to devolp true leaves 😉
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,732
    edited April 2020
    We had two ash trees in our garden ... every spring the garden was full of seedlings just like that.  We had one of the ash trees felled as it wasn't too healthy ... fortunately it was the female of the two ... the remaining one is male so although we get dropped ash catkins at this time of year we don't get the ash keys in the autumn and the seedlings in the spring.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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