Organic White Royal Paulownia Seeds - Beautiful Flowers, Stunning Addition to Any Landscape

Organic White Royal Paulownia Seeds - Beautiful Flowers, Stunning Addition to Any Landscape

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White Royal Paulownia
Paulownia tomentosa
Princess-tree, Empress-tree, Figwort, Figwart,
Description: Introduced, naturalized, tree with short trunk, broad, open crown of stout, spreading branches, very large leaves, and showy bright white flowers with sprays of red and purple/lavender throughout.
Height: 50' (15 m).
Diameter: 2' (0.6 m).
Leaves: Opposite; 6-16" (15-41 cm) long, 4-8" (10-20 cm) wide. Broadly ovate; long-pointed at tip; with several veins from notched base; sometimes slightly 3-toothed or 3-lobed. Dull light green and slightly hairy above, paler and densely covered with hairs beneath.
Leafstalks: 4-8" (10-20 cm) long.
Hardiness Zones: 5-9
Habit: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Extremely Rapid. The fastest growing tree in North America
Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; tolerates a range of soils but prefers moist, deep, well drained soil
Texture: Coarse
Form: Spreading; rounded, dense crown
Bark: Gray-brown; with network of irregular shallow fissures.
Twigs: Light brown, stout; densely covered with soft hairs when young.
Flowers: 2" (5 cm) long; with bell-shaped pale bright white or creamy corolla ending in 5 rounded unequal lobes; fragrant; in upright clusters, 6-12" (15-30 cm) long, on stout hairy branches; in early spring from rounded brown hairy buds formed previous summer.
Fruit: 1-1 1/2" (2.5-4 cm) long; egg-shaped capsule, pointed, brown, thick-walled; splitting into 2 parts; many tiny winged seeds; maturing in autumn and remaining attached.
Habitat: Fields, roadsides, streamsides, slopes, valleys, woodland edges, and open areas.
Range: Native of China. Cultivated and naturalized from S. New England, Montreal, and New York south to N. Florida, west to S. Texas, and north to Missouri.
Discussion: This rapid-growing ornamental and shade tree resembles a catalpa. It sports vigorous shoots and enormous leaves 2' (0.6 m) or more in length and width. Introduced as a garden plant, it has naturalized in the East and South and is considered an exotic plant. The soft, lightweight, whitish wood of this weed tree is exported to Japan for furniture and special uses, such as for sandals. It is named for Anna Paulowna (1795-1865), of Russia, princess of the Netherlands. In ancient Chinese legend, the Empress Tree was considered an omen of good fortune because of its association with the Phoenix, a mythical bird that regenerated itself in fire (this interesting association might come from the tree's trait of being able to regrow from it roots after being burned or cut down). Apparently the Phoenix would only alight in the most choice Empress Tree in the land, and only when a benevolent ruler was in power. For this reason, Empress Trees were a favorite tree to plant, just in case a Phoenix happened to come to town. Apparently the remote native habitat of Paulownia tomentosa is that of the famous Dawn Redwood (Metaseqouia) and Ginkgo, but all of these have found a place in cultivation throughout the world. As with the Ginkgo, the Empress Tree is put to a wide variety of medicinal uses in China, even today. But this species of Paulownia seems to have captured the imagination of people in a unique way.

Materials: 25 Organic White Royal Paulownia Seeds