Paulownia tomentosa at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Paulownia tomentosa
late May 2015

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Paulownia tomentosa
early July 2015

Grid reference ST 18598 78899
Common name Foxglove tree
Common name Empress tree
Common name Princess tree
Origin China
Deciduous Yes
Height 10.5M late May 2015
Girth 86cm late May 2015
Reference 225

This tree is by the south east entrance to the Botanic Garden.

Paulownia tomentosa bark

Paulownia tomentosa bark
May 2015

Paulownia tomentosa flower

Paulownia tomentosa flower
late May 2015

Paulownia tomentosa leaf

Paulownia tomentosa leaf
early July 2015

Paulownia tomentosa seed

Paulownia tomentosa seed capsules
mid August 2015

Paulownia tomentosa foliage

Paulownia tomentosa foliage & flower shoot
mid September 2015

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.