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If your specimen has stem/leaf arrangement:and the leaves:then you have:
╫ opposite taper at both ends, and
pass the dogwood leaf test
lookalike flowering dogwood Cornus florida
are ♤ heart-shaped with a ∪ rounded-base lookalike hardy catalpa Catalpa speciosa
╟ alternate are ♤ heart-shaped except for a __ flat-base, and
stem interior­=­chambered with periodic diaphragms like bamboo
lookalike Japanese knotweed Fallopia japonica
are ♤ heart-shaped with a ∪ rounded-base, and
stems are woody
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