In article <19970611025800.WAA12749 at ladder02.news.aol.com>, seayacker at aol.com (Sea Yacker) wrote:
>My mom and I are quite curious. Last summer, a plant sprung up in the
>back yard rectangle of her townhouse, not unlike Jacks beanstalk. By the
>end of the summer it was about 6 feet high. It survived the winter (she
>lives in Maryland BTW), in a dormant state and is now about 10 feet high.
>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
Could it be Catalpa or Pawlonia? Sounds like it. Same trees different names.
Big leaves, huh.