|Grid reference||ST 76852 17655|
|Common name||Foxglove tree|
|Common name||Empress tree|
|Common name||Princess tree|
|Status||GB Champion 2013|
|Height||22M November 2015|
|Girth||417cm November 2015|
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.
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.