Location and Notable Facts
- Other names
- Princess Tree
- Empress Tree
- Foxglove Tree
- Scientific Family
- Paulowniaceae (Princess Tree Family)
- Size (Width/Height/Growth/DBH)
- Fastest growing tree in the world.
- Can grow 12 inches in three weeks and 20 feet in a year.
- Pale violet flowers with darker spots and yellow markings inside from April to May
- Pecan-shaped capsules, 1 to 2 inches long, appear from June to April and release tiny winged seeds in winter
Photo credit to University of Washington and NC State University
- Leaf Arrangement
- Simple, opposite, occasionally whorled 5 to 15 inches long
Photo credit to NC State University
- Bark Arrangement
- Smooth light gray-brown bark
Photo credit to the California Polytechnic State University
- Invasive due to its fast growing ability and prolific seed production. Each capsule like fruit can produce 2,000 winged seeds and each tree can produce 20 million seeds.
- Non-native; native to China
- Comparisons to similar trees
- Catalpa Tree (confused with the Catalpa Tree due to its large heart shaped leaf)
- Seeds are often used as packing material for China’s porcelain.
- Local Location / History:
- Located at the corner of Linden Street and Linden Park Lane