Does anyone know what this is

mommakane115July 21, 2014

Looking at the broad leaves plant in the middle of the picture,between the butterfly bush and the sumac...Found this yesterday. It is about 10 feet tall. It is growing on a hill made entirely of rock with a thin covering of soil. The base of the stem is woody. Leaves are about 18" wide at the widest point. No branches, but from my vantage point, seems to have a second stem coming off the first at the very base of the plant. Wondering if I should get rid of it before it gets any bigger.

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Looks like a paulownia sapling.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:07AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Yes, you want to get rid of it. Paulownias can grow 10-15' per year, and spread prolifically by seed. They are considered invasive in many states.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:59AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

On the other hand, if you like the big leaves you could coppice it, i.e. cut it to the ground, annually. It will then never flower and make nuisance seed but will produce huge lush jungly leaves.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:02AM
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Yes, Paulownia. Dreadful thing and I would not recommend keeping it for any reason because if you leave then the next person would not continue the coppice and then it would spread seeds.

That compound leaf on the left side of the picture could be Tree of Heaven. Would have to see a leaflet a little closer.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 12:36PM
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Not Ailanthus on left; Rhus typhina

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:13PM
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