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By Casso

Kent, United Kingdom Gb

I put a question on about the leaves in a pot and Moongrower suggested they were tree leaves. They look similar to the leaves on my magnolia. Could they be that? I remember poking some offshoots into a pot last year.




I get these and assume they are weed trees and pull them up. I'm interested to know what they are too.

30 Jul, 2010


Casso if you google images of magnolia leaves they look nothing like this and neither do the leaves on the magnolia in our garden
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The leaves in the image above are different in colour, different in shape, have very marked veining, are slightly serrated, are not glossy... I could go on!

It is a weed tree as Beattie has said and my, and Bulbaholic's, best guess is a prunus - which I told you when you posted the question before.

30 Jul, 2010


We do have blackthorns around - I guess that they are seedlings from them.

30 Jul, 2010


Ah but they are not a weed you get sloes from them... mind you I think I'd still pull out Beattie

30 Jul, 2010


I get these sometimes, they just get puilled up. I also think they are trees.

30 Jul, 2010


This is Salix caprea. The slightly coppery young foliage is a common feature as are the two green flaps at the base of each leaf (stipules) seen on the smaller plant at the back. The seed being tiny and with attached fluffy bit can be blown many miles and land in a pot of nice well watered compost. Perfect for it!

We have these in pots of bought in plants quite commonly, mostly I'm guessing from nurseries which obviously have trees in a hedgerow nearby.

30 Jul, 2010


Thanks again Fractal! It's nice to put a name to the things you pull out! :-)

30 Jul, 2010


Thank you Fractal, I knew my id was only a guess but that it was not a Magnolia :-)

31 Jul, 2010


Thank you. I shall plant it in the shrubbery and see what develops.

31 Jul, 2010

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