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Paulownia tomentosa

Common Name(s):
Empress tree, Princess tree
Category:
Trees
Comment:

Brittle wood; messy, weedy tree; produces dense shade making it difficult to grow plants underneath;best used as accent tree; withstands air pollution and coastal conditions;

Native to Eastern Asia; listed as an invasive species by the North Carolina Forest Service, USDA National Invasive Species Information Center; the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States

Height:
30-50 ft.
Flower:
8-12 in. panicles of pale violet with dark spots and yellow stripes; vanilla scented; 1-2 in. messy fruit
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; tolerates a range of soils but prefers moist, deep, well-drained soil
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Spreading; rounded, dense crown
Width:
20-30 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Leaf:
5-10 in. opposite, simple leaves
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 2066

Paulowina tomentosa leaf Paulowina tomentosa leaf
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Paulowina tomentosa, young plant Paulowina tomentosa, young plant
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Paulowina tomentosa, bloom Paulowina tomentosa, bloom
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Paulowina tomentosa, Fruit Paulowina tomentosa, Fruit
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Paulowina tomentosa, seedling Paulowina tomentosa, seedling
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