Unwanted

March 1, 2017

Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence.  A bird, having recently eaten a mulberry fruit or two, defecates while perched on a planted young woody ornamental, in this case a crabapple.  The seeds wash down the trunk, germinate at the base of the desired ornamental sapling and, because of its more rapid growth, the mulberry (the orange-tan bark species) overtakes and ruins the planting. This is a form of grow-through.  It happens because mulberry is a serious reseeder and because the person responsible for maintaining the site is ignorant, botanically uneducated and lazy.  Notice also the intertwining, light brown barked, deadly nightshade. 

 

 

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