Mystery Blooming Tree

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Date Photo Taken: 05/12/2013
Location: Douglas Rd, Alpharetta GA
Posted By: eugwaltney


This tree is on Douglas Road in Alpharetta (Johns Creek side). I have tried to identify it on line and with Simon and Schuster Guide to Trees. The closest I can come is Empress Tree (Scrophulariacese) native to China

We moved here ten years ago and I have questioned the identity of this tree every spring. For a long time I thought it was a locust. There are others in the area so I”m sure it isn’t rare. Just not known to me.

I enjoy your column in AJC. Thanks for your help.


  1. spatialdrift Flower Fanatic says:

    It looks like an Empress Tree to me, but I usually eradicate them before they bloom, so I am a little rusty on how they look when they are mature.

    May 15th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  2. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Paulownia. Or also called Empress Tree. They CAN be controlled but tend to be a weed and eat your yard. Good luck with it!

    May 15th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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