Foxglove tree

Paulownia tomentosa

Princess tree

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This medium to large spreading tree is known for its beautiful scented foxglove-like flowers which bloom in spring before the leaves emerge. It has an extensive and shallow root network which can become a problem in small gardens. It is an invasive tree in South Africa.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seed pods in autumn.

Propagation

Cuttings

Dig a trench around a young tree. Follow a root until you find a piece 30 cm long the same width as a pencil. Using sterile secateurs remove the piece from the mother plant and place in potting soil. It shall send up shoots soon.

Seed

Sow seed in Spring. Keepmoist until roots have developed.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

China

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Leaf juice is used in the treatment of warts.

Personality

Family

Paulowniaceae

Flower colour

Mauve/blue

Scent

Strong

Problems

Leaves are susceptible to rust.

Related Problems

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