I need help identifying this plant/possible tree. It popped up this spring in my flower bed in front of azaleas. The area gets late afternoon sun. I thought I'd be able to figure out what it is by now, but I'm having no luck and it's growing FAST! It's already almost 4 feet tall and it's growing from a single stem which is becoming pretty woody at the base. The leaves are heart shaped and have kind of rounded teeth along the edges. Any ideas of what it is? If it's a desirable plant, I'd like to move it and, if it's not, then I want it out of there right away! Thanks for your help...
If it's P. tomentosa, the leaves will be hairy and the hairs barely exuding a sticky sap. This renders the leaves slightly sticky to the touch, and gnats stick to it. This has caused some people to suspect the plants are carnivorous. I think that's a huge leap, since they grow way too fast to get any significant nourishment from stuck bugs.
My P. tomentosa grew over 20 feet the year after I cut it down to the ground. The largest leaf was about 3 feet across. The previous year, the largest leaf was only about 2 feet across.
It's a weird plant. If you want it to grow taller, the fastest way to achieve that is to cut id down to the ground. Also, if you sever a root, there's a good chance a plant will grow from the severed root.
Thank you for your quick response! However, I don't think it is Paulownia tomentosa. Mine has some teeth along the edges of the leaves. The shape of the leaves does seem similar though. Here's another pic which shows a little more detail of the leaves.
On a side note, were you able to enlarge my pic? I am new to posting to DG and it doesn't look like my pic could be clicked to enlarge. Did I do something wrong? Thanks so much for your help...
From what I can see in the tiny pics, it's definitely not Paulownia tomentosa - leaves are much too small. Nor does it look like mulberry / Morus for the same reason. Perhaps it's hackberry (Celtis spp)? Can you please post a much larger image that shows more detail? Postage-stamp-sized images are not very useful.
Thanks so much for your replies. I was afraid that the images wouldn't enlarge. I'm trying again, but just in case it doesn't work: dumb question, I'm sure, but HOW do I post a larger picture? I've been trying to look that up since my initial post! Ugh!
Ha ha! Success with enlarging the picture! Here's one more which shows the leaf up close. The flower in the background is from the nearby hosta. I haven't seen any flowers or seeds or anything else on this plant yet.
The common species of the genus Morus, especially Morus alba which is what this plant appears to be, are alternately arranged.
While there may be some Mulberry species in the world that has opposite arrangement (I don't know any that are grown in the eastern US), it is not likely that those would be found in a residential property in NJ.