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Mystery Tree

Posted by oldkatytom TX (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 5, 14 at 12:19

I have a mystery tree in my back yard. It has huge (by mid summer) thick green leaves that are fuzzy on the back. When I say huge I mean 12 or so inches across. It grows incredibly fast, and the truck is hollow and speckled. I have never seen fruit on it, but when it blooms there are small fuzzy brown clusters.I cut it back to nothing each year, but come Spring, it grows right back. It's pretty in a weird sort of way, but it's in a bad place. I have included 2 pix, leaves and bark. It is just now beginning to grow out. It will be 30 feet tall by late summer. Anyone have any ideas?


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RE: Mystery Tree

Pawlonia tomentosa, perhaps.


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RE: Mystery Tree

looks like some kind of poplar


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RE: Mystery Tree

From your description, sounds like a female Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera). Leaves are variable but the juvenile form resemble those in your photo.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paper Mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera


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"It will be 30 feet tall by late summer."

I'm with floral_UK, Paulownia species.


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I can only see one photo.


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What about the flowers,
if they are small, brown... that would not fit for a Paulownia

The rest does though

Further down is a pic of a shoot/ cane

Here is a link that might be useful: Young Paulownia t


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RE: Mystery Tree

I missed the reference to fuzzy brown clusters. That doesn't fit Paulownia flowers but it does fit Paulownia flower buds. If the OP coppices the plant every year, which s/he says s/he does, possibly it never gets a chance fully to develop flowers?

Here is a link that might be useful: Paulownia buds


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RE: Mystery Tree

The buds look familiar. Perhaps this year I will just let it grow and see what happens. I have bnever seen flowers on it. What about the speckled, hollow branches? Anyone ever seen that?


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Looks like Paulownia to me. An interesting but invasive tree, named after Princess Anna Paulovna of the old imperial Russian Court.


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RE: Mystery Tree

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 11, 14 at 12:11

Was apparent it was a Paulownia just from the leves and now there is a confirming stem also. If you direct a shower of water at the soft, hairy leaves they will appear as though emitting detergent.

They do this when fully developed, anyway.


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