The Q&A Archives: Royal Paulownia Tree

Question: Could you please let me know if there is such a tree as a Royal Paulownia Tree. It claims to grow 12 feet the first year. With a total of 65 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Answer: The tree does exist, although that rate and ultimate size would be the upper limits of its growth range. It is currently being grown on plantations for use in paper, for example. The tree is not recommended for planting in residential situations as its wood is brittle causing the tree to break apart in storms, the roots are wide ranging and destructive and it self seeds and displaces native plant populations. The Latin name is Pawlonia tomentosa.

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