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Paulownia tomentosa

This small tree (9M) has very large leaves and can be regarded as hardy, the blue foxglove like flowers are carried in panicles in Spring, typically at its best in May. These flowers are from brown furry buds that form on the trees in Autumn and this is the main problem, in that these buds are frost sensitive and so in cold winter areas this is most commonly grown as a stooled non flowering specimen when its large leaves reach enormous size. Best in sunny situations with deep well drained soils. A stunning sight when seen in full flower.

Paulownia tomentosa was introduced from China via Japan in 1834

 

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