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Old 03-06-2018, 04:21 PM
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Any idea whether this tree is a paulownia or a southern catalpa? The leaves look similar but can't see any seed pods, even in the winter streetview scene.

https://goo.gl/maps/JaD5A374C5A2
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Old 03-06-2018, 04:49 PM
 
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For the pods, I'm looking way up and zooming in. Those dark little nuggets you see in your picture. I'm going for paulownia. There are a variety, still, but the leaves look like the ones I've seen as well.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:22 PM
 
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Yes, they look like paulownia's roundish seed pods. The most visible ones are in a cluster on an otherwise bare branch hanging directly in front of the lamp post, just a little below the lamp light.


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Old 03-07-2018, 09:34 AM
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Thanks! I wasn't sure because southern catalpa is a very common street tree here, while I don't think I've ever seen a paulownia!
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:18 AM
 
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Thanks! I wasn't sure because southern catalpa is a very common street tree here, while I don't think I've ever seen a paulownia!
Well that's exciting. Is it unusual in that community then? If so, you could photograph its development and write a little article for a local paper about it as it grows over the months. See if you can find some seed pods to collect. They are fast growing.
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Old 03-07-2018, 10:36 PM
 
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Any idea whether this tree is a paulownia or a southern catalpa? The leaves look similar but can't see any seed pods, even in the winter streetview scene.

https://goo.gl/maps/JaD5A374C5A2

it is just possible that it is neither of the above but instead the very commonly planted platanus x hispanica aka "London plane" which has somewhat similar leaves with rounded seed "heads" (paulownia seed capsules are rather oval and catalpa has very long "skinny" pods. the tree also appears to have smooth bark which a "plane" would have but both paulownia and catalpa would have a somewhat more rough appearance.
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Old 03-08-2018, 12:18 AM
 
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Is there someone in charge of tree planting in the jurisdiction you can ask to be sure?
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:41 AM
 
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It’s a Paulownia. Notice how the seeds curve upwards at the ends of the branches, just like the flowers do.

If it were a Catalpa it would have rougher fissured bark, and of coarse the bean looking seed pods. It’s definitely not a London Plane tree either.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:19 AM
 
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Itís a Paulownia. Notice how the seeds curve upwards at the ends of the branches, just like the flowers do.

If it were a Catalpa it would have rougher fissured bark, and of coarse the bean looking seed pods. Itís definitely not a London Plane tree either.

We have one like that on my regular drive. Love to see those 'candles' sticking up.
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Old 03-08-2018, 08:08 AM
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Is there someone in charge of tree planting in the jurisdiction you can ask to be sure?
There is a London Tree Map online, but some boroughs don't have coverage, and this tree would be categorised under 'other', which isn't any help. It does appear to be a paulownia from what has been said on here, though.

It is definitely not a London plane.
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