tree question…

tree question…

I visited my grandma this week, and she's got this tree...neither of us knows what it is. She remembered that it's Japanese, and she cuts it back every year, though I pointed out to her that there were shoots growing off of the tall middle branch in the pics below, and also when you break off a "dead" branch, it is completely hollow inside. The leaves are big and similar to elephant's ear. There are green new trunks growing from the bottom of the central brown one; the new ones are green. Does anyone know...WHAT IS THIS TREE CALLED? I don't even quite know what to Google. If any of you know, I'd be pleased to pass the word on to her, because we both want to know!
My mother is beginning to think I only visit to take pics of her garden

My mother is beginning to think I only visit to take pics of her garden

What is this? … last one I promise!

What is this? … last one I promise!

Bug ID

Bug ID

babies.

babies.

Yet another plant ID.

Yet another plant ID.

Sewing Room and Library

Sewing Room and Library