Unknown Shrub/Tree Growing Near Yard?


RsTgardenian

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So this growing tree/tall plant is by some pine trees next to my yard and I was just wondering what kind of plant it was? It looks like it could be a young tree but I'm not sure. There's a bunch of black walnut trees around my house so I'm wondering if that's what it could be... Does the leaf shape give anything away?

Thanks!

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Looks to be an Ash-leaved Maple, also known as a Boxelder. My neighbors have some and I have a 6' or 8' one in my backyard.

They're fast growing trees, they're native, and wildlife in my neighborhood seems to really enjoy them.
They do self-seed quite a bit like maples tend to do, and they are somewhat short-lived. Being short-lived isn't a problem, but it's not the type of tree you'd want planted next to a house.
 

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Thanks JB and Twigs for the info. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear of boxelders is the the bug associated with the tree, which I think has been a pest insect in our area in the past. Maybe it's a good time to remove it before it can grow any bigger and further establish itself there.
 
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The first thing that comes to mind when I hear of boxelders is the the bug associated with the tree, which I think has been a pest insect in our area in the past.
Box elder bugs actually like just about any type of maple tree, though they did name the bugs after that specific tree.
 

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