Tree Identity - Knowledgebase Question

Alameda, CA
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Question by highw161
August 16, 1999
I have seen a tree that has leaves exactly like a silk tree, but its flowers look just like wisteria. I have searched for the name but have been unsuccesful. Would you happen to know what this tree is. Also, can this tree be propagated by cuttings.

Answer from NGA
August 16, 1999
If the flower clusters are purple, the tree is probably Paulownia tomentosa, the Empress tree. It's a fast-growing tree to 40' or 50' with a heavy trunk and nearly horizontal branches. The leaves are light green, heart shaped and 5"-12" long, 4"-7" wide. The tree is propagated by seeds and will bloom about seven years after being started from seed.

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