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Jjkeswick
Jun 18, 2017 9:27 AM CST
I am in central vieginia and have a couple of these growing in one of my horse pastures. I have not been able to id the tree. Heart shaped leaf 8-9 inches across and 10 -12 inches long, deciduous, clusters of tulip shaped seed. Tree is 25 +/- feet tall, dead wood is very light, almost like a balsa wood. Appreciate any guidance.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Jun 18, 2017 9:36 AM CST
That's a Paulownia tomentosa.

This is an invasive exotic pest plant in Virginia, and other southeastern states. Not a scolding - just fact and some recommendations.

Your horse pastures deserve more majestic native canopy trees, and your equine residents would appreciate it, too.

Your local woodlands and forests would also be happier without another source of seed that diminish their quality and productivity.
John
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 18, 2017 11:41 AM CST
- But they do appear to provide nice shade...
Porkpal

Jjkeswick
Jun 18, 2017 7:56 PM CST
John, thanks for the ID. Appreciate it. Porkpal, you are correct, great shade.

Thanks...
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
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ViburnumValley
Jun 18, 2017 8:30 PM CST
Well, good grief, if that is the low bar to be set - Ailanthus altissima, Morus alba, and exceptionally vigorous Ligustrum sinense cast nice shade, too.

But at what price? Should we cut down the Liriodendron tulipifera, Quercus alba, and Acer saccharum to make more room?

All those invasive exotics sure grow fast, don't have much if any pests...

They contribute exactly zero to the local flora/fauna, though, and in most cases actually damage the systems that they co-opt.

Do as you will, but there are so many better things that can and should thrive on horse farms. I was a horticulturist and landscape manager for a number of thoroughbred farms here. Trees like shown had no place...
John
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sooby
Jun 19, 2017 4:27 AM CST
Going off on a slight tangent here as someone who used to raise horses, but maple trees need to be kept out of reach of equines because of toxicity. I knew about the problem with red maple (Acer rubrum) but apparently it has happened with other maples too (wilted leaves). The article says don't cut them down if in horse pastures but take steps to prevent ingestion of wilted leaves (seemingly they have to eat quite a bit though):

From University of Minnesota:

https://www.extension.umn.edu/...
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 19, 2017 6:33 AM CST
There are quite a few trees that are not safe for horses to eat. If the current ones are safe, I would leave them alone.
Porkpal

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