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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.

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

Geography

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.
A close up of a plant infected with Ustilaginales smut
Smut
Ustilaginales

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