Mystery plant with large leaves

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Date Photo Taken: April 2 & 23, 2011
Location: Marietta, GA
Posted By: tolive


This plant came up next to our tea olive a couple months ago. The close up picture was taken when the plant was about 2 feet tall. The plant is now about five feet tall.
We are curious to know what it is.


  1. Monica Haynes Unregistered says:

    The picutre looks like a Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) to me. The leaves look a little small, but that is a young plant in the photo. These trees are particularly invasive. There was an article done by Theresa Schrum on how to identify them:
    In the article she calls it a weed. I agree.

    May 20th, 2011 at 1:03 pm
  2. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    You have the infamous Royal Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)It is valued in Asian countries for its wood. Here? Not so much. It is an invasive weed that destroys concrete, and simply makes a mess of its habitat. There is an interesting story on Wikipedia on how the tree arrived in this country, and was rapidly spread all over. Click here:

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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