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seayacker at aol.com (Sea Yacker) writes:
> Its trunk or stalk is almost perfectly straight. It seems like a woody
> plant. The "bark" is smooth - almost bamboo like (come to think of it,
> could it be bamboo?) - and a dark olive green with many many white spots
> all over it. The leaves are very large (18 inches or so across), and
> heart shaped. There may be a few small branches but as I recall, most of
> the leaves are coming directly off the trunk. The trunk is about an inch
> to an inch and a half thick. It sprung up in an area that was getting a
> lot of bird seed, so it may be the product of one of those. Appreciate
> any guesses.
The very large leaves, rapid rate of growth and marking on the trunk
sound like Paulonia tomentosa. The one in my front garden suffered
badly this year when a late frost froze the young leaves, but is
going ahead strongly now.
(pete.selby at zetnet.co.uk)