Empress Tree, Royal Paulonia

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Empress Tree, Royal Paulonia - Paulownia tomentosa
Latin name:
Paulownia tomentosa

Description: If you want big leaves this is the plant to have. It is a fast growing, deciduous, spreading tree with leaves from 15-30 cm across, but, if you want really big leaves, you have to pollard the tree to the ground in spring and only let one or two shots come up.  From these, enormous leaves up to 45 cm will be produced on stems up to 3m high in one season. Alternatively, if left to form a tree it will produce terminal sprays of fragrant pinkish-lilac foxglove-like flowers from late spring to early summer.

Hardiness: Hardy

Height: tree up to 15m tall or yearly pollarded to around 2-3m tall

Position: Full sun in a sheltered location away from prevailing winds

Soil: most well drained garden soils

Water: fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Excellent specimen tree for a corner of the garden or at the back of a border pollarded for the biggest leaves.

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