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Posted By nycreecy,
Oct 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Is this a tree or weed? Northern VA location.
That looks like it might be basswood to me. If not that it's something related.
That is an invasive weed tree called a Tomentosa. Let it go as I did and it will become a
20 ft. small tree suitable to hang gourds on for birds. Its coming down this fall.
It has taken over with the shade of the big leaves it has. It does not seem to reseed at all.
If you only cut it down at the bottom it will grow back in the spring even stronger.
I respectfully disagree with Pauly on the seedlings. I am currently trying to eradicate seedlings of this on my property from a 30' 16" diameter specimen I cut down 2 years ago. I live next to a national forest, so I may be more concerned about invasive trees than the OP. Very soft, weak wood. I would not want it next to a structure.
I agree on the growback potential - it's tough. That specimen would be hard to kill without chemicals, and even harder when it gets bigger.
AKA "Princess tree".
I stand corrected Osage. I probably don't give seedling a chance.