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Brooklyn, NY
Rquely
Jul 20, 2017 7:51 PM CST
This plant has grown and overtaken my backyard over the span of 2 months (since the end of May). I live in Brooklyn if the climate is any help in identifying what this plant/weed is
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porkpal
Jul 20, 2017 7:59 PM CST
Elephant ear, perhaps.
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crawgarden
Jul 20, 2017 8:01 PM CST
Looks like it might be a Paulownia tomentosa.
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islander
Jul 20, 2017 8:32 PM CST
I agree
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DaisyI
Jul 20, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Yep, an entire yard of Paulownia.
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islander
Jul 20, 2017 10:34 PM CST
@Rquely - you can cut the Paulownia down each year and it will produce large leaves. Otherwise, they seem far too close to the building and should be removed.
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Jul 21, 2017 9:46 AM CST

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Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
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porkpal
Jul 21, 2017 9:51 AM CST
I agree. I failed to notice the trunk in the first photo!
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greene
Jul 21, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Rquely,
You have a very special plant. (Special to me anyway.) Your tree may be a direct descendent of a tree owned by P T Barnum.

When I lived about 50 miles from you I discovered the Paulownia tomentosa. A friend was kind enough to not only identify the plant for me but also gave me a bit of history. Back when P T Barnum was running his circus he brought many exotic plants, people and animals to put on exhibit.
He claimed to have traveled all the way to China to obtain the fantastic tree (probably dug it up on the side of the road in Virginia Whistling Hilarious! ).

During the off-times his troop stayed in various houses in and around Bridgeport, Connecticut. Many years later I lived for a short time in on of the rooming houses; it was near Went Field which is where the elephants were exercised. The Paulownia tomentosa trees are growing everywhere that Barnum traveled. There was one growing next to the "Octagon House" on Harriet Street.

The flowers have a glorious scent. The leaves are "sticky" and small insects get trapped on the leaves. The tree will spread seeds like crazy. The tree will send out roots and new trees will pop up randomly along the roots. I planted a Paulownia tree at every place I lived so the neighbors have something to remember me by.

The original type is a big healthy looking tree but the forestry industry has been playing with this type of tree to create a tall plant with fewer side branches. It is a cut-and-come-again tree for the forestry industry. http://cropdevelopment.org/doc...

You may never get rid of it. So...learn to love it. Rolling on the floor laughing I tip my hat to you.
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DaisyI
Jul 21, 2017 5:02 PM CST
One of your neighbors has one of these trees and you are the lucky recipient of a lot of seeds or a lot of suckers.

These trees are hard to miss when they are in full stunning bloom. Did you notice any purple trees this spring?
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plantladylin
Jul 21, 2017 5:14 PM CST
I agree, Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) and I love those beautiful blooms! It's considered an invasive species in some areas but this page shows a ranking of moderate in the state of N.Y.: http://www.nyis.info/user_uplo...

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