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Anyone identify this tree seedling? It's about two foot high. Thanks.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,245
    Its an ash seedling Nigel and if it were me, I'd get it moved as soon as possible.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I'd agree. Once they get a foothold, it can be very difficult to get them out. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946
    edited October 2021
    I agree …. ash …. they’re expensive to remove when they’re large and they suck all the moisture out of the soil. The roots are shallow too so you can’t grow much around them. A wonderful tree for the countryside, but not for most gardens. 

    There’s probably a large female ash nearby … the seeds spread everywhere … the seedlings appear in the spring. Learn to recognise them. 😬 😉 

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

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  • EmerionEmerion Posts: 566
    I would have a good look round for any other small ones, that you should be able to pull up easily by hand. We have a few ash trees in the area, and I must pull up hundreds every year. If they get bigger, or grow in a crack in concrete, for example, they are very hard to remove.  
    Carmarthenshire (mild, wet, windy). Loam over shale, very slightly sloping, so free draining. Mildly acidic or neutral.

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