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White Paulownia Elongata Tree - 200 Seeds


White Paulownia Elongata
Princess-tree, Empress-tree

Description: Introduced.  Naturalized, tree with short trunk, broad, open crown of stout, spreading branches, very large leaves, and showy white flowers.
Height:  50' (15 m).
Diameter:  2' (0.6 m).
Leaves:  Opposite; 6-16" (15-41 cm) long, 4-8" (10-20 cm) wide.  Broadly ovate; long-pointed at tip; with several veins from notched base; sometimes slightly 3-toothed or 3-lobed.  Dull light green and slightly hairy above, paler and densely covered with hairs beneath. 
Leafstalks: 4-8" (10-20 cm) long.
Hardiness Zones:  5-9
Growth Rate: 
Extremely Rapid.  One of the fastest growing tree in North America
Site Requirements: 
Sun to partial shade; tolerates a range of soils but prefers moist, deep, well drained soil

Texture:  Coarse
Spreading; rounded, dense crown 

Bark: Gray-brown; with network of irregular shallow fissures.
Twigs: Light brown, stout; densely covered with soft hairs when young.
Flowers:  2" (5 cm) long; with bell-shaped pale white corolla ending in 5 rounded unequal lobes; fragrant; in upright clusters, 6-12" (15-30 cm) long, on stout hairy branches; in early spring from rounded brown hairy buds formed previous summer.
Fruit:  1-1 1/2" (2.5-4 cm) long; egg-shaped capsule, pointed, brown, thick-walled; splitting into 2 parts; many tiny winged seeds; maturing in autumn and remaining attached.
Habitat: Fields, roadsides, stream-sides, slopes, valleys, woodland edges, and open areas.
Range: Native of China.  Cultivated and naturalized from S.  New England, Montreal, and New York south to N.  Florida, west to S.  Texas, and north to Missouri.
Discussion: This rapid-growing ornamental and shade tree resembles a catalpa.  It sports vigorous shoots and enormous leaves 2' (0.6 m) or more in length and width.  Introduced as a garden plant, it has naturalized in the East and South and is considered an exotic plant.  The soft, lightweight, whitish wood of this weed tree is exported to Japan for furniture and special uses, such as for sandals.  It is named for Anna Paulowna (1795-1865), of Russia, princess of the Netherlands.  In ancient Chinese legend, the Empress Tree was considered an omen of good fortune because of its association with the Phoenix, a mythical bird that regenerated itself in fire (this interesting association might come from the tree's trait of being able to regrow from it roots after being burned or cut down).  Apparently the Phoenix would only alight in the most choice Empress Tree in the land, and only when a benevolent ruler was in power.  For this reason, Empress Trees were a favorite tree to plant, just in case a Phoenix happened to come to town. 

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 17 January, 2016.

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