I bought this plant/small tree from a very small nursery specializing in Succulent and Cactus. I absolutely love it, but have no idea what it is.

The leaves almost look like a squash or melon (in fact, that's all that came up when I tried using a Plant Identification App!), it's definitely not.
I've had it for about 3-4 yrs, it's never had any flowers, buds, pods, seeds, or fruit, it just looks like this year round. It's about 3ft from the soil line to the top.

Broad-leafed potted tree

  • A wild guess: The structure (not the form though) of the leaves, the spots where the leaves are connected to the stem and the stem itself resembles a Figue.
    – Patrick B.
    Aug 26, 2021 at 7:07
  • Using PlantNet I find: Malva arborea (The leaves and stem resemble a lot) or Phymosia umbellata (less likely to my eyes).
    – Patrick B.
    Aug 26, 2021 at 7:14

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Looks to me like a variant of the cold climate paw paw, or Babaco. Babaco is deciduous (though may keep leave in warmer climates (not sure about this as i live in a relatively cold climate)).

The one I have in the yard looks slightly larger than this but has a very similar growth habit. I have not seen my one fruit yet. Not sure what climate you are in, so this might help you rule it in or out.


It's a variety of Uncarina species otherwise called as Mouse Trap Tree, Succulent Sesame, Unicorn Tree. But I don't know why it's not flowering.

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