Paulownia tomentosa at Bute Park

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Paulownia tomentosa
mid November 2015

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Paulownia tomentosa in flower
mid May 2016

Grid reference ST 76852 17655
Common name Foxglove tree
Common name Empress tree
Common name Princess tree
Origin China
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2013
Tag 2196
Height 22M November 2015
Girth 417cm November 2015
Reference 332

This tree is in Old Mans Wood east, just north east of the Summerhouse cafe.

In September 2017 this tree suffered storm damage and lost several large branches.

Paulownia tomentosa bark

Paulownia tomentosa bark
February 2016

Paulownia tomentosa flower

Paulownia tomentosa flower
mid May 2016

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Paulownia tomentosa flower
mid May 2016

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Paulownia tomentosa flower
late May 2016

Paulownia tomentosa fruit

Paulownia tomentosa used seed pods
late June 2016

Paulownia tomentosa leaf

Paulownia tomentosa leaf
late June 2016

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Paulownia tomentosa fruit
mid September 2017

General tree description

Paulownia tomentosa is a broad, spreading tree with a straight trunk, growing up to 25 metres tall. It has very large (up to 35cm) leaves, heart-shaped or sometimes five-lobed, woolly on both sides. Fragrant lilac-purple flowers that resemble the foxglove flower are produced before the leaves in early spring. The fruit is ovoid, 3 to 4 cm long, containing numerous tiny winged seeds.