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Paulownia tomentosa /Princess Tree

Paulownia tomentosa  / Paulownia tomentosa
Spring flowers
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Spring flowers

Large spikes of lavender flowers

Canopy of a tree in full bloom

Spring flowers

Seed pods and foliage

Spike of flowers

Close-up image of seed pods

Summer seed pods and foliage

Large erect spikes of tightly packed, funnel-shaped flowers

Close-up image of flowers

Flowers on mature trees growing in a large grove

Canopy of spring flowers

A spike of flowers silhouetted against a blue sky

A branch of flowers

Close-up image of flowers

Grove of trees just before coming into spring bloom

Dense mass of flowers

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Scientific Name: Paulownia tomentosa
Common Name: Princess Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink, Purple
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Many foxglove-like pink to pale purple flowers in spring. Fruit consist of two to three valved capsules resembling a cotton bole, that opens to release many, many, papery seeds. Has large heart shaped leaves, which together with the seed pots create litter beneath the tree. The wood from this tree is said to have been used in making hope chests for Japanese women.