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strange looking tree what is it?

Posted by plantnut65 7 (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 13:55

This tree, or whatever it is, was growing under the deck of the trailer in the picture, he had no idea of what it was or where it came from. I took a piece of the plant while my neighbor was trying to eradicate it. I pulled up and cut off a piece of the root, and planted it at the edge of my garden, this is its second year, and this year, what I though was something like a elephant plant, grew to where it is now. While under the deck, it is limited to how it grows, but the leaves are twice as big as anything on my tree. I know it grows fast, because he has cut the little part you can see twice, from June.

Does anybody know what I have, the neighbor has always cut his off at the ground till the year I got my cutting, he hasn't had any luck getting rid of it. I'm worried that I might need to do some eradicating myself. Thanks for some help


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

Hard to tell for sure from the pic.
Paulownia maybe????


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

It looks a little like a Catalpa tree that I have.


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

This is the second year and there have been no blooms or seed strings, just leaves.

Last year it looked like it was going to be a large bush

Here's a close up of the leaves


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

Can't see an individual leaf clearly in these pics. By comparing the veins in the leaf to reliable pics of both, you should be able to decide between Paulownia (exotic invasive) and Catalpa (native.) If you would like to add another pic showing the leaf veins, please do.


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

bottom (underside) of a large leave about 15 inches across


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

topside of a smaller leaf and shows a bug that's probably eating on this plant. Also the leaves have a velvety feel on both sides, more on top.

I Goggled the two plants that purpleinopp said I think it looks like both, only the Paulownia (exotic invasive) definitely has points at the end of the veins, where this tree has only a few leaves the have the points at the veins on the leave and not on all the veins.


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RE: strange looking tree what is it?

looks like Bingabing, an invasive species common around here. Gets maybe 30' tall
Macaranga mappa


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