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Its a monster!

comments (7) September 2nd, 2013 in gallery
crizmo crizmo, member
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Seen last week at State College, Pennsylvania. I have a feeling it is 4 feet taller now.



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tntreeman writes: pawlownia never entered my mind for some reason and they are everywhere here. that's what i get for thinking,,,,,,or not thinking Posted: 5:24 am on September 5th
crizmo writes: I became acquainted with Paulownia at the Bloedel Reserve west of Seattle where it was almost close enough to the main house to be part of the front yard's foundation planting. I always liked how the flowers looked like fox glove and the seed pods looked like golf clubs. Posted: 4:30 am on September 5th
Heycorrie writes: Thanks. I work in a Cincinnati Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Paulownias spring up on the riverbanks and have those spectacularly large leaves the first year, and after that the leaves are more catalpa-sized.

They grow exceptionally quickly. The story goes, when a girl was born in China, a paulownia was planted. By the time she was of age to marry, the tree was so large, it would be cut down and the wood carved into items for her dowry.

They are considered invasive in the South. In Zone 5b they aren't common (or invasive) and the specimens we have in the park are gorgeous when in full bloom with their fragrant, purple blossoms. Posted: 8:13 pm on September 4th
crizmo writes: Thank you, HeyC. I am empressed. Posted: 5:57 am on September 3rd
Heycorrie writes: Paulownia tomentosa-- Korean Empress Tree. Posted: 12:06 pm on September 2nd
crizmo writes: The primitive hominid is haless & just there for scale. It could be a C. greatbignoniodes. Posted: 10:02 am on September 2nd
tntreeman writes: eeeeeeeek, it is a monster AND the plant is big too :) just razzing you Crizmo,,,,,,,is that a Catalpa? Posted: 8:32 am on September 2nd
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