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Paulownia tomentosa

Paulownia tomentosa

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Paulownia tomentosa, commonly known as the Empress Tree or Princess Tree, is a fast-growing deciduous tree native to China but widely cultivated around the world for its remarkable growth rate, large leaves, and striking lavender-blue flowers. It is known for its ability to quickly establish itself and its utility in various applications, including timber production, landscaping, and agroforestry.

The Empress Tree is recognized for its impressive growth, often reaching heights of 30 to 60 feet (9 to 18 meters) or even more in just a few years under optimal conditions. Its leaves are large, heart-shaped, and covered with soft, velvety hairs, giving them a unique, fuzzy texture. In spring, before the leaves appear, the tree produces clusters of fragrant, tubular, trumpet-shaped flowers with a pale lavender to purplish hue. These flowers create a breathtaking display and attract pollinators, making it a favored ornamental tree.


  1. Sunlight: Paulownia tomentosa thrives in full sun. It requires at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily to achieve its maximum growth potential.

  2. Soil: Well-draining, loamy soil is essential for optimal growth. The tree can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy or clayey soils, but it performs best in deep, fertile soil. Amending the soil with organic matter can enhance its texture and nutrient content.

  3. Watering: While the Empress Tree is drought-tolerant once established, it benefits from regular watering during the first few years after planting to encourage strong root development. Once mature, it can endure periods of drought without significant stress.

  4. Pruning: Prune the tree as needed to maintain its shape and structure. Regular pruning can also help to encourage a healthier and more robust canopy.

  5. Mulching: Apply mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

  6. Temperature and Hardiness: Paulownia tomentosa is generally hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9, although it can vary depending on local climate conditions. Protect young trees from severe cold and frost during their first few winters.

  7. Pests and Diseases: The Empress Tree is relatively resistant to pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance choice for landscaping or agroforestry. However, be watchful for potential issues like powdery mildew and aphids.

  8. Harvesting: If planted for timber production, Paulownia tomentosa can be harvested for its lightweight, strong wood after approximately 8 to 10 years.

Paulownia tomentosa, or the Empress Tree, is an impressive and versatile tree that can be a valuable addition to your landscape or agroforestry projects. Its rapid growth and attractive features, including large leaves and stunning flowers, make it a notable choice for those seeking a fast-growing tree with a variety of applications.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.


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