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Plant Details

Paulownia tomentosa

Empress Tree
Zone: 10a, 10b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Sun
Plant Category: Shade & Flowering Trees
Height: Minimum 30 feet , Maximum 60 feet
Width: Maximum 30 feet
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This tree grows very fast up to 50' in height with nearly equal spread. When young, or if trimmed back annually, it will grow billowy foliage, with individual leaves up to 2' across. The flowers appear from brown buds which open to become stunning 6-8" tall spikes of trumpet-shaped blossoms. The vanilla scented flowers are lilac-blue with darker spotting and yellow stripes inside. Very beautiful and unusual, this tree always gains attention!
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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:31 PM

Amongst the grandest of ornamental flowering trees (50-75')... fragrant purple foxglove-like flowers on 10" upright stalks provide a wonderful spring display. It is easily grown ; gives excellent dense shade.

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:31 PM

Humongous leaves on youthful plants and large sprays of tubular purple flowers on older trees to 40' tall. We coppice ours to the ground to produce large foliage.

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