Tree with BIG leaves

marcie_new(z8)May 30, 2008

Hi I know this sounds retarded but here it goes anyway I drive every day by this house and they the people that live there planted this baby tree and it has BIG BIG leaves they look like about 18 or 20 inches wide! this baby been there for about 2 or 3 months, so anyway I stopped and asked the people what kind it was and they said WE DON'T KNOW it was given to us with no name or tags, the tree is green the trunk is green and so are the leaves the sahpe of the leaves are something like the okra or the potatoe vine they are round and big ,I had never seen this tree before,anyone out there? I will try to go and take a picture so I can post it here. Thanks everyone HELP HELP!

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Marcie: Some people are not inclined to answer urgent "HELP HELP" questions about identifying a tree. You have a question, not an emergency.

It would help if you could post a photo or two.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 9:45PM
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treeguy123(AL 7b)

It's Likely the invasive weedy tree from Asia called Royal Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa).
I would not plant one they are a invasive and weedy like tree. Sometimes the leaf edges are toothed and lobed and sometimes they are smooth and rounded.

A great alternative native tree would be a Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa). Very similar looking but a native that's not weedy or invasive and has similar looking leaves and flowers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Royal Paulownia Pictures

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 9:50PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Large hairy leaves of paulownia are interesting because when sprayed with water (as from a hose nozzle) the runoff looks soapy.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2008 at 11:25PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Geez that tree would be difficult to get a Bonsai out of ;)

    Bookmark   May 31, 2008 at 9:56AM
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I wonder if this wasn't a Chinese Parasoltree, Firmiana simplex? It "has a very unusual appearance for a deciduous tree, having green stems and bark and extremely large, three to five-lobed bright green leaves."

Here is a link that might be useful: Chinese Parasoltree

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 2:33AM
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Here's some better pics of the Chinese Parasol Tree:

Here is a link that might be useful: better pics

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 11:06AM
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