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    I'm trying to find the type of ivy this is. It grows all along walls on our campus at the University of Minnesota. It has red stems and blue berries that grow on it. The bigger leaves have about 3 points (I don't know what the points are called). Please help me identify the type of ivy this is.
    Answer
    Dear lyon304, your plant is Parthenocissus triscupidata (Bosty-ivy), a member of the grape family. It is frequently planted on campuses and within cities, where it climbs the side of the buildings by means of adhesive disks at the apex of the tendrils. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 17 October 2017)
  • Question
    This popped up a few weeks ago. We've been told it's a hickory tree. We do have some shag bark hickories on the opposite side of our house. If it is a hickory, we are going to transplant it. Thanks for your help. It seems to be growing off a big tap root.
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    Lisabailey, yes, it does look like a species of Carya (hickory). Small plants, such as the one you have photographed, are difficult to confidently identify from images. It may well be shagbark hickory. Best wishes. (Tuesday, 17 October 2017)
  • Question
    Found this on the cliff side overlooking the Bay of Fundy at Cape Forchu...Yarmouth Co. Nova Scotia...Oct.4/17
    Answer
    Dear Ervin, you have photographed a species of Agalinis (agalinis), a native member of the Orobanchaceae. You likely have either Agalinis paupercula or A. neoscotica. I would not be able to assist further without careful measurements to distinguish these two species. Hopefully knowing it is one of those two species will allow you to finish the identification. (Tuesday, 17 October 2017)

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