Can this be an elm seedling?

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I dont know crap about elms trees. I have two chinese elm seedlings that I started from seed and thats it. I was checking my local hot spot for tropical tree seedlings and I came across this. I know it cant possibly be an elm tree where I live unless a northern bird shit out a seed and somehow it started growing. The leaves look "elmy" - that's all I got.. LOL.

I did use that app that identifies plants.. it gave three choices but I'm pretty sure its not any of those.

Here they are:

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Either way..... Any ideas? Its probably a weed, I'm sure but hey, I figured I'd ask

Thanks!

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It looks similar but... it's not.

Chinese elms have alternate leaves. Your mystery plant has opposing leaves. I'm not wholly convinced it's a tree... but I am by no means a plant ID expert. :)
 
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Yes, the leaves have a similar shape. For comparison, here’s a young Chinese elm that I have. It shows the alternate leaves.
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Grow it and see what it turns into!
 

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Very few plants with simple, dentate, opposite leaves. I keep coming back to viburnum...

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Your hand is obscuring a key trait. Need to see the stem these leaves are coming off of.

I think I'm seeing a compound leaf with 3 leaflets, rather than 3 leaves attached to a stem. In which case Rhus or Toxidendron would be two possible choices, that is sumac or poison ivy for those not comfortable with botanical names.

But a photo showing more would be helpful. Bring a piece of white paper to use as background.
 
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Your hand is obscuring a key trait. Need to see the stem these leaves are coming off of.

I think I'm seeing a compound leaf with 3 leaflets, rather than 3 leaves attached to a stem. In which case Rhus or Toxidendron would be two possible choices, that is sumac or poison ivy for those not comfortable with botanical names.

But a photo showing more would be helpful. Bring a piece of white paper to use as background.
Hows this?

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If that is poison ivy, damn, I had that way too close to my, ya know, parts..... ... HAHA.....

This is poison ivy seedling... The leaves in my pic look more serrated.


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