Can anyone help identify any of these plants..

1.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

2.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

3.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

4.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

5.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

6.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

7.various shrubs and weeds in an urban setting

I live in Beijing, and I am considering commandeering an unused patch of dirt behind my apartment building to grow a few flowers or vegetables or herbs. While I am searching around to find which plants are native to the North China Plain, I also want to figure out what plants I should "remove" from the patch of dirt. Most likely I will only take a few square feet in the corner of the dirt patch.

  • Generally speaking we try for identification questions for one plant at a time however there is a good answer already
    – kevinskio
    May 8, 2022 at 12:07
  • @kevinskio Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry. I didn't really that I would be violating community norms.
    – Joseph
    May 8, 2022 at 23:01

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Although it can be difficult to identify plants from photos without flowers, I think I can help with a few of them.

Pictures 1 and 5- Some small bamboo and a blooming honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sp.). Picture 5 shows another, much larger, bamboo.

Picture 3 - A Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), the same small bamboo, as in picture 1, and a blooming honeysuckle vine.

Picture 4 - A Tree of Heaven that's been decapitated in the last year or so.

Pictures 6 and 7 - A collection of what I would call weeds; however, they could be escaped herbs that I just don't recognize. Most of the ones against the wall resemble a lettuce going to seed. There is a rayless composite in the left side of picture 6 that resembles horseweed, which would make it a noxious weed.

I suspect that the bamboo will be difficult to keep out of your little patch of garden.

  • I would say everything shown could be considered a weed ; likely all volunteers. May 8, 2022 at 15:47
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    Oops I thought picture 2 was rose of some kind...
    – Spectra
    May 8, 2022 at 19:35
  • I also thought it might be a rose, but the leaves looked a bit iffy. Without flowers, I won't be able to make even an attempt at an identification.
    – Jurp
    May 8, 2022 at 22:55

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