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Is this a tree?

Was away for 3 weeks to look after a relative and while another relative looked after the garden with watering, I came back to find this growing out of a lawn!

Sadly, Google images search isn't helping so any idea what this could be? If it is a kind of tree, would it make sense for me to pot it?

Thank you! :)


  • Slinky
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  • Farway
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    Can't help identifying it, but I'd pot it up & wait & see, nothing lost and maybe a lot gained?
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    Found this on Google 28% hit

  • kempiejon
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    P'rhaps a black locust, does it have spines on it? If yeah a sort of tree (also a pea) and invasive, I think they're Canadian.

  • fatbelly
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    edited 11 July at 11:52AM
    I think it's a Robinia, probably Pseudoacacia. Nice tree in the right place, ultimately very large. Most people grow the yellow leaved variety for its foliage
  • Lorian
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    Looks like robinia too me too and the right place is no where near the house they get very big quickly.
  • moneysaver1978
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    Thank you all! I don't know where robinia came from as I don't see this type of tree anywhere close so a seed must have got dropped by a bird somewhere else.

    I have removed and potted it as nothing to lose and the leaves look nice but definitely not going to plant it anywhere in the ground!
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