Identify Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Payne, AL
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Question by newberry2
June 26, 1999
Moved to a new home in September. This spring as we where exploring the woods surrounding our house, we came upon a tree that we have not be able to identify. It had clusters of light purple trumpet shaped flowers which pointed upwards. The leaves are large simple shaped and have a soft fuzz on them. There are seed pods from lasts years (I assume) blooms and they have a vanilla/cinnamon scent. This tree was beening invaded by briars so I spent an afternoon pulling them (the briars) out.

Answer from NGA
June 26, 1999
You've discovered an Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa). You can start the seeds indoors or out. Trees grown from seed take about 7 years before they'll flower. Grow in average, well-draining soil in full sunshine. Expect your Empress trees to grow 40'-50' high with an equal spread. I have two in my yard that were started from seed. They are glorious!

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