what is this plant popping up all over our zone 4b garden?


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These look like Maple seedlings to me. If they are individual and not growing on runners, it should be easy enough to hand weed them out.
Do you have trees in that vicinity?

It would help you and others if you could update your profile with your actual whereabouts (y)
 
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They don't seem to be on runners, but there's so many of them growing in the same area of our garden with no maple tree nearby. They appear to have very shallow root systems and aren't growing anywhere else in our beds. I pulled one and took a photo for reference. We did have a shrub removed near this area and the stump ground out but I don't recall what the shrub was. Some are clustered together but many are growing as a single plant. I've updated my profile to show I'm in the Cariboo Valley in BC. Thanks for any further insight.
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Thanks for updating your profile - it will be a big future help :)


I feel convinced these are tree/shrub seedlings, and weeding them out will result in their extermination. It would be interesting though to maybe pot some up and grow them on just to see what they turn out like - they might be something fantastic and wonderful - you never know your luck !
 
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View attachment 83526This one is Birch Mike. What d'you think?

I sowed the seeds of a Birch (betula) tree 20 odd years ago after a storm, and one catkin produced 106 trees. I planted a few here and they are now about 40feet tall. I sold the rest :happy:
I was taking into account the juvenile state of the leaves. How they are a fresh green texture, and of course the uneven base, where the leaf stalk joins the leaf. Also as you comment, the vast amount of germinating seeds. It will be interesting to see the development.
 
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Devon, I'm curious if these tree seedlings have developed farther along.

After considering a variety of Birch (Betula) and Alder (Alnus), I think the seedlings might be the European Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), which is grown horticulturally, and is also listed as introduced in British Columbia.
The leaf tooth pattern can be variable, especially on cultivated forms, but I'm not certain.
 
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Devon, I'm curious if these tree seedlings have developed farther along.

After considering a variety of Birch (Betula) and Alder (Alnus), I think the seedlings might be the European Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), which is grown horticulturally, and is also listed as introduced in British Columbia.
The leaf tooth pattern can be variable, especially on cultivated forms, but I'm not certain.
Unfortunately they're under 2ft of snow at the moment so I can't say right now but will be eagerly awaiting seeing them in the spring!
 
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Unfortunately they're under 2ft of snow at the moment so I can't say right now but will be eagerly awaiting seeing them in the spring!
Now I'm looking forward to their Spring emergence as well. Please do post more pics.
 

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