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Foxglove Tree

Paulownia tomentosa

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Also known as

Princess Tree, Empresstree, Karritree, Royal Paulownia, Royal Empress Tree

Paulownia tomentosa JPG2a by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

10m

4m

Min

5m

25 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A purple flower on a Paulownia tomentosa plant
A close up of some green Paulownia tomentosa leaves
A close up of a Paulownia tomentosa flower

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Paulownia tomentosa - Empress or Foxglove Tree

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Foxglove Tree Overview

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 Foxglove Tree, Tulip Tree and Princess Tree, amongst others. Foxglove Trees are hardy and grow well in full sun. Take care with planting as this large tree needs a lot of space, it forms a deep taproot and is considered invasive in certain locations such as South Africa. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

Common problems with Foxglove Tree

How to harvest Foxglove Tree

Harvest seed pods in autumn.

How to propagate Foxglove Tree

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 of Foxglove Tree

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Foxglove Tree

Interesting leaves

Medicinal

Leaf juice is used in the treatment of warts.

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