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Paulownia tomentosa - The Empress Tree - 50 Fresh Seeds

Paulownia tomentosa - The Empress Tree - 50 Fresh Seeds

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Paulownia tomentosa - The Empress Tree - 50 Fresh Seeds

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    Description

Paulownia tomentosa - Empress Tree

This is a listing for 50 seeds of this beautiful flowering tree.

It grows 10–25 m (33–82 ft) tall, with large heart-shaped to five-lobed leaves 15–40 cm (6–16 in) across, arranged in opposite pairs on the stem. On young growth, the leaves may be in whorls of three and be much bigger than the leaves on more mature growth. The leaves can be mistaken for those of the catalpa.

The flowers are produced before the leaves in early spring, on panicles 10–30 cm long, with a tubular purple corolla 4–6 cm long resembling a foxglove flower. The fruit is a dry egg-shaped capsule 3–4 cm long, containing numerous tiny seeds. The seeds are winged and disperse by wind and water. Pollarded trees do not produce flowers, as these only form on mature wood.

Paulownia tomentosa can survive wildfire because the roots can regenerate new, very fast-growing stems. It is tolerant of pollution and it is not fussy about soil type. For this reason it functions ecologically as a pioneer plant. Its nitrogen-rich leaves provide good fodder and its roots prevent soil erosion. Eventually, Paulownia is succeeded by taller trees that shade it. It cannot thrive in the shade of other trees.

P. tomentosa is cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

The characteristic large size of the young growth is exploited by gardeners: by pollarding the tree and ensuring there is vigorous new growth every year, massive leaves are produced (up to 60 cm across). These are popular in the modern style of gardening which uses large-foliaged and "architectural" plants.

In China, an old custom is to plant an Empress Tree when a baby girl is born. The fast-growing tree matures when she does. When she is eligible for marriage the tree is cut down and carved into wooden articles for her dowry. Carving the wood of Paulownia is an art form in Japan and China. In legend, it is said that the phoenix will only land on the Empress Tree and only when a good ruler is in power. Several Asian string instruments are made from P. tomentosa, including the Japanese koto and Korean gayageum zithers.

It is hardy in Zones 6 - 11 (although it is marginal in Zone 5 and can grow there in a sheltered location).  It makes an ideal subject for bonsai training.

Full growing instructions can be downloaded from my shop, details on my 'ME' page.


 

Please read the listing thoroughly so that you understand what it is you will be purchasing.  If you have questions, please ask them before purchase as this is the time any queries, ambiguities or simple misunderstandings can be readily resolved.  You may download the instruction sheets at any time by following the links from my about 'ME' page (shown after my username at the top of any listing).

All seeds sold are fresh and are stored in conditions suitable to promote the viability of that particular type of seed. 

Germinating seeds and growing plants are subject to many other factors including the conditions under which they are raised (including but not limited to: Light, moisture, soil, humidity) and the skill of the individual grower.  As the vendor, such  factors are completely outside of my control and all seeds and plants are supplied on this basis.

The seed count forms an important part of the listing.  All counts are exact, the only exception being where the seed is small and difficult to count accurately - in this case the count should be taken to be the minimum we will provide.


 
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