|Grid reference||ST 18598 78899|
|Common name||Foxglove tree|
|Common name||Empress tree|
|Common name||Princess tree|
|Height||10.5M late May 2015|
|Girth||86cm late May 2015|
This tree is by the south east entrance to the Botanic Garden.
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.