Big Mystery Leaf

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Date Photo Taken: December 22, 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: Marsha


This leaf was found on the ground near the Atlanta Capitol Building. What is it?


  1. Kirk Unregistered says:

    Looks like a large begonia leaf. Probably fell off a house plant.

    December 27th, 2011 at 4:48 pm
  2. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    It’s a very healthy Sycamore leaf. I seem to recall that the Capitol grounds are very well maintained, and this leaf certainly reflects that. The tree, however, is a poor choice for most landscapes because of these obnoxiously large leaves. I’d bet a dollar that the maintenance crews mutter ugly words under their breath when they arrive to attend to this landscape in the fall. Mike Dirr lists a litany of problems associated with this tree, primarily their ability to make a mess. I found another picture of a large Sycamore leaf, tell me what you think.

    December 31st, 2011 at 8:52 am
  3. Marsha Unregistered says:

    Thank you! It was a beautiful tree even with the mess.

    January 3rd, 2012 at 11:34 am
  4. Marian Marlow Unregistered says:

    Hi, I work in the 47 Trinity building that is right across the side street from the Capitol. I pass this tree every single weekday on my way home on the bus. I thought it was a sycamore tree and I was right. The leaves are huge!!!! The maintenance crews do a great job maintaining the Capitol lawns and flower beds. In fact, I have spoken to one of the workers several times about how best to “build” raised flower beds. Thanks for sharing this story.

    November 20th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

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