Plant ID forum: What type of plant is this

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Greenforeman
May 26, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Im new to gardening. Can anyone help me? What type of plant is this? Is this just a weed or an actually flower. It came out of no where and, I fell in love with the size of leaves it self.
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sallyg
May 26, 2018 6:39 PM CST
I think that is a Paulownia tomentosa, princess tree. They have amazing hug leaves when young. It is an incredibly fast growing, and invasive, tree.
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May 26, 2018 7:03 PM CST
I agree
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Greenforeman
May 26, 2018 7:32 PM CST
sallyg said:I think that is a Paulownia tomentosa, princess tree. They have amazing hug leaves when young. It is an incredibly fast growing, and invasive, tree.


Thank you Sally Hurray!
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greene
May 26, 2018 8:24 PM CST
Don't be happy. Having a Paulownia tomentosa can be a disaster. When I lived in Connecticut I had one and everything was just fine. Beautiful, fast growing, lovely scent to the blooms.

But here in the south, the tree is a monster. It will send underground roots and new trees will pop up...under a 10-foot patio new trees started popping up under my mobile home. As fast as I would hack them down and tear out the roots, more popped up. Also, handling the tree is a sticky situation...and I do mean sticky. Insects get stuck onto the leaves; handling the leaves...leaves a tacky feeling on hands and gloves.

I still think the tree is beautiful, but not in my yard ever again.
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terrafirma
May 26, 2018 8:46 PM CST
I agree with greene! Not something I would be happy to have.
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May 26, 2018 10:54 PM CST

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Greenforeman
May 27, 2018 8:40 AM CST
greene said:Don't be happy. Having a Paulownia tomentosa can be a disaster. When I lived in Connecticut I had one and everything was just fine. Beautiful, fast growing, lovely scent to the blooms.

But here in the south, the tree is a monster. It will send underground roots and new trees will pop up...under a 10-foot patio new trees started popping up under my mobile home. As fast as I would hack them down and tear out the roots, more popped up. Also, handling the tree is a sticky situation...and I do mean sticky. Insects get stuck onto the leaves; handling the leaves...leaves a tacky feeling on hands and gloves.

I still think the tree is beautiful, but not in my yard ever again.


Wow, okay thank you for that.
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plantladylin
May 27, 2018 9:16 AM CST
I agree, it's the Princess Tree/Empress Tree (P. tomentosa) and although a beauty, it is considered an invasive in many areas, including North Carolina. More information about the tree in N.C. on these pages:

http://www.ncforestservice.gov...
https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/pl...
http://nc-ipc.weebly.com/paulo... I'd consider removing it and any other seedlings you might find.
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