Growing stuff in my smallish suburban yard

Garden mystery – what IS this?

In 2009 I planted two Highbush blueberry plants. The first year I got lots of delicious berries from both. Last year, though, only one produced berries; the other was healthy and even grew quite large, but never had a single flower or berry. I told it that if it didn’t produce berries this year, it was going in the dumpster.

Well, it’s producing…something. I’m now pretty sure this is not a blueberry plant. It has little catkin-like buds, and the tallest branch is higher than the gutter (around 8 feet tall!). And I just looked, and there’s a blueberry plant at its base! So what is this thing? It must have been a secret passenger in the blueberry pot that took over, like a cuckoo’s egg.

Here are a couple of pictures of the buds. Any help at all would be welcome. It’s nice and tall and healthy, but I don’t know if I want to keep it. If no one knows, I’ll let it flower and then decide. But I’m sure one of my gardening friends will, right?

What is this??

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One response

  1. Stacy Winnick

    It looks like a willow to me. The rampant growth would be consistent with that diagnosis. Good luck getting rid of it without sacrificing the poor little blueberry!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:27 am

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