Large leaf

Asked October 8, 2015, 8:51 AM EDT

Found this leaf while walking on the Appalachian Trail. What kind of tree does it come from?

Washington County Maryland

1 Response

Thanks for your question. I believe this leaf is from a princess tree also known as royal paulownia or empress tree, Paulownia tomentosa. It has the largest leaves you will see in this area and beautiful blooms. Unfortunately, it is also highly invasive, disrupting native habitats. I hope this is helpful.