Does anyone know what this is? It has appeared in my garden and is growing very fast!
It may be Ground Elder?
I know we usually ask for close-ups, but can we have a look at the whole plant too this time please, including the growing tip
It has a woody stalk like a small tree and green 'stubbly' new branches. Here is a close-up of the tip. I have seen this growing on the hedge areas of the golf course as well.
Young Ash tree(s) or elder. Either way, best dig it out while you still can (unless you want a big tree there.) As mentioned above, tricky to give 100% positive ID as the pic is a bit small and we need to see the growing point at the top.
Just saw the new image - Elder for me.
I think it's Elderberry too.
Can they appear suddenly like this - perhaps spread by birds droppings?
Thanks all, I'll probably dig it out and try to transplant it to a bare back wall - according to google elder/elderberry is quite nice in flower and when it has berries.
The flowers are good for making cordial and wine, and the berries also make a good red wine if you're into making such things.
However there are some more attractive forms for the garden - http://search.millcreeknursery.ca/11050005/Plant/10051/Golden_Glow_Elder
and http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/sambucus/black-lace-elderberry-sambucus-nigra are two well known ones, which also flower and fruit if you don't cut them hard back every year.
The wild form, which you have, can be a bit of a thug.