Exotic Rare Paulownia Tomentosa Fragrant Purple Empress Tree Seeds, Organic B25

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Paulownia Tomentosa Fragrant Purple EMPRESS TREE Seeds / World's Fastest Growing Tree

Count: ~ 25
Sun Exposure Full sun from an early age
Light shade when young
Frost Tolerance Severe
Water Requirements Moderate
Drought Tolerance Yes
Wind Tolerance High
Tolerance of Coastal Conditions Yes
Botanical Nomenclature: Paulownia tomentosa
Common Name: Princess tree, Empress Tree
Family: Scrophulariaceae

Easy to grow from seed. Fragrant, fast growing, drought and heat tolerant, disease and pest resistant. Will grow 8-15 feet the first year. Unlike most fast-growing trees, these are hardy and have a long life....85 to 100 years. Will grow in many varied conditions and in almost any type of soil. Will reach a height of 40-50 feet tall and width of 30-40 feet. Purple, sweet vanilla scented flowers appear in spring....in clusters 14 inches long. In summer they are covered in a dense canopy of large heart-shaped leaves.....making them wonderful shade trees. Winter finds them covered with furry pea-sized buds. At the first sign of spring, the tree explodes with purple flowers.

The Royal Empress Tree (Paulownia elongata) is native to China, but has found a welcome home in the U.S. as the world's fastest growing shade tree.

Many trees come and go as fads, and the Paulownia is one those. Although the Paulownia has become popular as a "Get Rich Quick" in the wood-growing market, they are popular for the shade and beautiful fragrant flowers they produce.
There are several species of Paulownia - Paulownia elongata, Paulownia kawakamii, and Paulownia tomentosa, all native to China, and have been planted in the US for many years. There are several other names for this tree, Royal Paulownia, Empress Tree, and Princess Tree are among them. They are rated for Zones 6 to 10, and found from New York to western Texas, and along the Pacific coast states, and as far south as Key West. The southeastern states seem to have quite a lot planted also, as the climate is very favorable in stimulating the Paulownia's fast growth.

What's popular about the Paulownia is that they grow very fast, where 8 to 12 feet a year is considered common, some sources have had growth of 15 to 18 feet in a year! The Paulownia also has large ten inch long masses of fragrant violet to dark blue flowers that come out between April and May. The Paulownia tends to be medium-sized trees, where the Paulownia kawakamii gets up to 30 to 40 feet, and the Paulownia tomentosa gets 40 to 60 feet tall. The Paulownia elongata is used as a timber tree in China, and gets upwards of 100 feet tall.

A medium-sized, deciduous tree to about 15 m tall with large leaves and very attractive, bell-shaped, purple flowers. It is easy and fast growing and a popular ornamental in warm temperate regions around the world.