Possible Mock Orange? Need a leaf expert

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  1. SomeDudeAtHome

    SomeDudeAtHome New Member

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    Hi, I'm trying to figure out what plant this is. There used to be a Mock Orange growing in/near this spot but after 20 years and multiple tenants (this is a rental property) I'm not sure if this is it or if something overtook it. There is a tree growing next to it I'd like to dig out but the wife thinks it's cute so it's staying. I would just like to know if this little bush is worth keeping or if it's nothing and can be replaced with something nicer. Thanks for the help.

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    If pictures of the entire plant will be more helpful I can get those.
     
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  2. Sundrop

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    It looks like you have leaves of two different plants on your photos. The plant on the first picture is not a Mock Orange. The leaves of the plant on the second picture resemble those of Mock Orange somewhat, but to me are not Mock Orange leaves, either.
     
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    Thanks for the response. I'll take a look at the stalks tomorrow and snap a couple more photos. It's possible there are more than one plant growing there. I had to cut saplings out from around it and pull a lot of weeds. It's the first time in years the yard/plants have been taken care of other than mowing.
     
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    Tyrlych Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Leaves of Fraxinus on both photos as for me.
     
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    Here's a couple more pictures. In the one you can see the multiple stalks. The fraxinus does look like it could be it. What's peoples general opinion about that type of plant? And the best way to trim them?
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  6. SusanDunlap

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    Fraxinus chinensis?
    If so than it
    Attracts wildlife: bird, butterfly
    Plant part consumed by birds: insects, seeds
    Bird uses plant for shelter or cover or cavity: cover
    and it can get to 80 feet tall.....
     
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    Multiple stalks are young growh from the stump.
    And as the roots are strong the shoots usually have much bigger leaves.
    Check the twigs, they will have buds at the leaf base.
     
  8. SomeDudeAtHome

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    So a little time has passed and I'm still not seeing any buds on it. Maybe it'll flower later in the summer? After looking at the leaves more I do think this is some species of Fraxinus. I'm not to keen on the idea of having 2 trees growing next to each other like they are there so it'll probably keep just getting trimmed back like a bush. Thanks for the help
     

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