The royal Paulownia tree (Paulownia tomentosa) is native to eastern Asia. Originally introduced to the U.S. as an ornamental tree, the tree is also known as princess-tree, empress-tree, or paulownia.
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Gwen Bruno has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009, with her gardening-related articles appearing on DavesGarden. She is a former teacher and librarian, and she holds a bachelor's degree in education from Augustana College and master's degrees in education and library science from North Park University and the University of Wisconsin.