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Mystery tough weed

Does anyone know what this might be? It's been popping up in my lawn but has a really tough stem, and connected to what looks like a tree root. I've made a bit of a mess trying to get rid of it elsewhere! Thank you!


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,968
    It is a tree.  Maybe a sucker from something near by either in your yard or the neighbors?  Stem looks a bit thick for a seedling.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Just dig it out and have look where it comes from. The damage from taking off the lawn in that part isn’t worth the hazzle it may cause. 

    I my garden.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,573
    I'd just mow over it.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,029
    It could be blackthorn.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,669
    It looks like a prunus sucker.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    My money on a cherry tree sucker.  Cherries are infamous for sending shallow horizontal roots under lawns etc.  Regular mowing will keep them down, or you could try tearing them off the main root, which is said to reduce the chances of them regrowing compared to cutting them off below ground (which can actually promote more.)  Good luck.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you! I think this might be it. I've got a plum, and two cherry trees all within 2-7 metres from where they're popping up so this makes sense. It's funny though that it's never been a problem in the last 10 years. Maybe something to do with the weather this year.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,174
    edited August 2021
    Have the trees been pruned in the past couple of years?  That can sometimes trigger suckering 🙄 

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

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