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Paulownia tomentosa (Empress Tree, Paulownia)

Type Tree, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Lilac Flowers (Summer early), Light green Foliage
Care Medium - high
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Paulownia tomentosa Description

This rather exotic looking medium sized tree is grown for its impressive heart shaped leaves, which borne on a multitude of spreading branches. In mid to late summer spikes of purple pink blossom is produces on small spikes.


Paulownia tomentosa - Cultivation Notes

Pawlonia is only hardy in the UK in a sheltered spot in full sun. It will tolerate most soil types just as long as they are well drained as this plant will not tolerate wet soils. This plant is fast growing but requires full sun in order to produce impressive summer blossom.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Paulownia tomentosa:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Paulownia tomentosa

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap

Design & Plant Use for Paulownia tomentosa:

  • Provides extended interest with blossom, berries and autumn colour
If you like this plant you may also be interested in these:
plants & trees with autumn colour / foliage
architectural plants
plants with fruit or berries

View all the plants listed in Genus Paulownia

View other trees with lilac flowers, or trees with light green foliage


Common Missspellings: Paulonia, Pollonia

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