Large, Fast growing, single stalk plant?? What is this?

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Date Photo Taken: 07/24/2013
Location: Pittsburg, CA
Posted By: ykpettengill

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Hi there,
We have multiple of these in our new back yard and we can’t for the life of us figure out what they are. They are very fast growing, large, tall, with a single stalk, and wide, broad fuzzy leaves. There is no odor coming from them, but the wasps like them although I see no buds at all. The stalk is thick, has black dots and is sticky to the touch. They were tiny when we moved in 3 months ago and now it’s freaking huge.

WHAT IS THIS thing taking over my yard?

COMMENTS

  1. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    A pawlonia, sometimes known as empress tree. A pretty insidious invasive in Georgia.

    July 28th, 2013 at 6:54 pm
  2. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    Paulownia* Sorry about the misspelling! :)

    July 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm
  3. nhemann Registered says:

    I think you may actually have a velvet weed “Abutilon theophrasti” on your hands. The leaves look pretty similar to the paulownia that is mentioned above but it is missing the fine serrations that is has. I spent many days of my youth chopping them out of the fields in Illinois on my parents farm. Look for yellow flowers to form or break off on of the branches – it should snap easily and be hollow like a drinking straw as well.
    N

    July 29th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
  4. Ray Hagan Unregistered says:

    I’ve got one of these in my back yard in Georgia. Thanks for naming it; looks just like the one in the picture. Went dormant during the winter but came back big this summer.

    July 30th, 2013 at 9:13 am
  5. Steve Ray Unregistered says:

    Also resembles a tree growing wild in the Marietta area. Similar to pawlonia, but without the presence. Leaves appear more lobbed than pawlonia.

    August 1st, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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