The Paulownia tree, also known by the names princess tree and Paulownia tomentosa, is native to China. It is a dramatic-looking tree from the Scrophulariaceae family that can serve as a focal point in the landscape.
The Paulownia tree has heart-shaped leaves and lavender blooms that pop in the spring. It will grow quickly and can reach 50 feet tall. It typically grows as wide as it is tall.
The Paulownia tomentosa will thrive in moist well-drained soil. It prefers locations that are not windy, in partial shade or full sun. The fuzzy, brown flower buds begin in early fall. The seed capsules contain around 2,000 seeds that readily germinate wherever they fall or are carried.
The Paulownia tree grows in the USDA hardiness zones of 5b to 9, from the Northeast to Florida and west to Missouri and Texas.
The Princess tree can be susceptible to leaf spot, twig canker or mildew.
Insects that destroy trees--such as borers and aphids--do not affect the Paulownia tree. It generally remains free of pests.
- Forest Service Department of Agriculture
- USDA Hardiness Zones
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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.