It’s a Pawlonia tree. And Walter, by the way……many many years ago, you had a guest on your show who was touting these as “Sapphire Dragon Trees” and I actually ordered one from him. It came in a tube the size of a paper towel roller, and zoomed up to about ten feet that year. Still have it, still cutting down the suckers, and still cursing the name “Walter Reeves” when those seed pods hit me in the head. 🙂
Beautiful weed tree, and I still listen to your show.
The first picture is a cottonwood tree, very fast growing and very undesirable in your yard. Although as a child we had one near our home which had been allowed to grow very large and we enjoyed climbing on the tree.
The other pictures are of a different tree/plant in my opinion.
I agree this is a Pawlonia… These things are tearing up sidewalks and the street in our neighborhood where well meaning but ignorant folk planted them 10 years ago…Beautiful in the Spring, but a huge mess!
Is it true President Jimmy Carter grew a large stand of these trees when they were first introduced in Georgia? I was told his intentions were to profit from the wood by selling it to the furniture industry both in the USA and in Asia. Any info?
I grew up with this sturdy tree with its huge heart shaped leaves. All the kids climbed into its sturdy branches and when it rained…we made rain suits out of the huge leaves, sticking the leaf stems down our shirts and on top of our heads and had a ball walking in the rain completely protected. Do kids have that much imagination today? We made up our own games back then and had great fun thinking for ourselves.
I’ve been driven half mad with the Crepe murders in my neighborhood and now I’m headed for the nervous hospital because two neighbors planted 3 each of them Pawlonias. Then another neighbor cut a mature dogwood out of clump to better display his Mimosa frond, so I’m on continuous lockdown.