Foxglove Tree

Paulownia tomentosa

Princess Tree, Empresstree, Karritree, Royal Paulownia

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A large Paulownia tomentosa tree in a park
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Paulownia tomentosa is a medium to large, deciduous tree from the Paulowniaceae family. It has a spreading habit and is known for its beautiful, scented foxglove-like flowers which bloom in spring before the leaves emerge. Commonly known by the names Tulip Tree and Princess Tree. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the UK and it is considered invasive in South Africa.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Winter

Harvesting

Harvest seed pods in autumn.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in spring. Keep moist until roots have developed.

Cuttings

Dig a trench around a young tree. Follow a root until you find a piece 30cm 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.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

China

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Leaf juice is used in the treatment of warts.

Personality

Family

Paulowniaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Pink

Scent

Strong

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