Is this a Plant or a large weed?

I am trying to find out if the attached picture is a plant or a weed.. I just moved in to my home and i am doing some grooming to my landscaping... please see attached picture.. I live in Bronx, New York, i am pretty sure that i am in zones 7-8 according to the USDA map.. the plant is growing outside...

Comments for Is this a Plant or a large weed?

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 09, 2017
All Weeds are Plants...
by: Jacki

FYI even though it's considered a weed, all weeds are plants.

This could be almost anything. I would wait to see what it does when/if it flowers. That's the only way to tell if it's something noxious, or an actual precious garden plant.

Some potential culprits;

Nicotiana - you'll know when it blooms because the flowers are white trumpet shaped flowers in a cluster, which smell divine.

Some kind of tree - it almost looks like a Magnolia from the leaf shape. Magnolias are full sized trees for the most part, so it probably will be a while before it flowers!

Please post back when it flowers, if you can wait that long. Maybe it will be more obvious then.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask the Horticulturist.