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What is this tree or shrub seedling?

Maine et Loire, France Fr

Can anyone identify this tree or shrub seedling? It came up from one of many seeds I sowed this year after giving up and reusing the compost, so I don't know what it might be.
THANKS FOR THE HELP. Now I've been pointed in the right direction I've found I ordered some sorbus hupehensis seed from Chilterns two years ago.. the Chinese Pink Rowan. I'd half convinced myself this was a Sambucus Sakhalensis though the leaves are nothing like elder! Thanks to all for pointing me in the right direction. I'll leave the question here in case anyone else wants to get seed and grow it.

On plant Sorbus Hupehensis




My first guess would be a Sorbus but the leaves are very serrated.

23 Oct, 2009


I'd say it was definitely an Ash of some kind, just not sure which - yet! Looks quite like Fraxinus excelsior, but am not sure because of the bronze tint to the leaves. There should be between 9 and 13 leaflets and they usually fall whilst still green.

23 Oct, 2009


Would have been nice to see the plants stem and not the bamboo cane presumably holding it up :-)

I'm going to plump for Sorbaria.

23 Oct, 2009


gorgeous colours green with a deep purple
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23 Oct, 2009


I don't think it's a Fraxinus excelsior - the leaves on our trees are not serrated like these.

I'd agree with Fractal.

23 Oct, 2009


It certainly looks like Sorbaria but I have never seen one that rich in colour.

23 Oct, 2009


got me looking--- one seemed near and thats Sorbus reducta seems gorgeous autumn colour

24 Oct, 2009


Must admit sorbus reducta looks far more like it in leaf shape. When I checked images of sorbus hupehensis the leaf shape looked very different, but I'd put that down to the difference between immature and mature leaves. Certainly the seed supplied was for Sorbus hupehensis so I guess it must be that.

24 Oct, 2009


time will tell but it does look lovely wharever it is

24 Oct, 2009


This is very quick growth for a tree seedling. Is the cane in the top part of the picture supporting anything, Bertie, or does it rise above the plan?

24 Oct, 2009


The cane rises above the plant, Bulbaholic. The original seedling got a bit twisted so I tied it to the cane to straighten it out. It's only about eight inches high so far. I will overwinter it in the polytunnel and plant it out in the spring. Looks like a nice little tree from what I've read, but fairly short-lived.

24 Oct, 2009


We had a pot of S. recucta at work many, many years ago and it really was a suckering shrub of a thing. It may have grown taller if it had been planted in open ground. Couldn't remember the exact form of the leaves so this was not what I thought it would be. It does look as though it will get good autumn colour too.

25 Oct, 2009

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