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Paulownia tomentosa

Phonetic Spelling
pa-LOH-nee-a toh-men-TOH-suh
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

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

It has brittle wood and is a messy, weedy tree.  It produces dense shade making it difficult to grow plants underneath; withstands air pollution and coastal conditions. It can grow in low fertile high acidity and drought but grows best in moist uncompacted well-drained soils.

Site:  Tolerates a range of soils but prefers moist, deep, well-drained soil

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
'Alba'
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#fragrant flowers#weedy#messy#Braham Arboretum
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
'Alba'
Tags:
#deciduous#invasive#fragrant flowers#weedy#messy#Braham Arboretum
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Paulownia
    Species:
    tomentosa
    Family:
    Paulowniaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in paper, veneer, hand-carvings, clogs, musical instuments, furniture, rice pots, water pails, bowls, and spoons and has medicinal uses in Asia.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    1-1.5 long oval capsule containing thousands of small sticky green turning brown seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large showy upright cluster of purple tube-like 1.5-2 inch long fragrant flowers. Pale violet with dark spots and yellow stripes; vanilla scented
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite simple heart-shaped 5-12 inch velvety pale underside leaves.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Fissured
    Bark Description:
    Thin greyish brown with shallow fissured bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Messy
    Weedy