Is This A Bush or Weed?


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Moved into a house with this on the property line recently. Debating cutting it down, but curious what it is first ... not sure if it is a weed or a bush. The trunk has multiple stems in it. I also noticed there are some sort of small berries on the branches as well.

Does anyone have an idea of what this is? Thanks a bunch for any help :)
 

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Maybe Black Chokeberry. It appears this plant was "planted" by birds so it is probably a native plant. If you live in the NE this is probably what it is.
 
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Thanks. Thought it could be buckthorn even. Regardless think I should get rid of it!
 
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I like attracting birds, so if the birds are attracted to those berries, then I would keep it and do away with the grass around it and mulch.

BTW, I'm curious what the flowers look like and what type of pollinators it attracts.
 

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One man's weed, another man's treasure. Its entirely up to you.
 
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Chokecherry, Buckthorn, both are invasive and not much use. Time for a chainsaw IMO.
I agree!!! Trying to figure out what I will need to paint the trunk with once it is cut down.
 
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I agree!!! Trying to figure out what I will need to paint the trunk with once it is cut down.
Nothing just cut them off as close to the ground as possible. Painting helps stop rot and you want them to rot ASAP. In fact, if you drill holes in the stumps and fill them with saltpeter (potassium nitrate) they will rot much much faster. It is marketed by Hi-Yield, Bonide, Spectracide and other lesser-known names. You may have to use Cut Vine and Stump Killer first to stop any re-sprouting.
 
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Thank you Chuck ... will be going to Menard's or Lowe's this weekend to prepare for the weed's funeral :)
 

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