An exceptionally fast growing deciduous tree named after a Dutch princess, also known as the Foxglove tree because of it’s Foxglove-like, fragrant, pink flowers which are approx 5 cm across in sprays of 25-30 cm long. The tree provides shade in summer and colour during late spring. It is an excellent specimen tree perfect for on a lawn.
Details Paulownia tomentosa
- Blooms: May
- Colour: green
- Flower colour: pink
- Full grown: 10 Years
- Full grown height: 6 – 8 m
- Full grown width: 3 – 4 m
- Plant location: partial sunny location
- Plant depth: 20 cm
- Hardiness: -15 Celsius
- Preferred soil: Well drained
How to take care of Paulownia Tomentosa
It can grow to 8 metres tall. Plant 20cm deep in moist but well drained soil in a sunny sheltered position protect from strong winds. Provide some mulch around the roots for protection against winter frost whilst young.
Let it dry out between watering. The flowers are produced before the leaves in early spring on mature wood. Do not fertilise until you see new growth emerging in spring. When you see buds start to appear, cut the stem back to ground level.
This will encourage it to grow much faster and stronger. Unlike some fast growth trees that have short life spans, a healthy Paulownias Tree can live for 80 to 100 years. They are drought resistant once established.
Their roots tend to go deep into the ground in search of water as far as 15 metres deep, rather than on the surface. When it matures pruning should be done in early spring after flowering directed only to dead wood.
As with any tree, you want to plant it at least 4 metres away from foundations such as footpaths, roads, fences, septic tanks and other obstructions.