I have two plants growing in my backyard that I've never seen before. I'd like to know what they are. Pictures and specifics inside.
I live near Dallas, Texas. Both plants are tall and shrubby in form. I'll refer to them as big plant and little plant for convenience, although both are over five feet tall.
The big plant has large leaves that are shaped like pointed ovals. The leaves feel papery and the underside is slightly fuzzy. The bark is smooth. The form of the plant is one large central stalk/trunk with thinner stalks growing off of it. The thinner stalks have about 8-12 leaves growing off of them in pairs. I have a full length
, close up
, and close up of a leaf
. The leaf in the picture is about 6.5 inches long, but some of the leaves are bigger.
The smaller leaves plant is about the same height but is more delicate. The leaves are smaller and more delicate, but the growth pattern is the same. The sap of the plant has a slightly spicy smell. Again, close up
Both plants are the only incidence of these plants in our yard. They both grow in a shaded area. I suppose they could be the same plant (one being younger, I guess), but I don't really know. Can any gardener type people help me figure out what these visitors are?