Paulownia or ‘Empress’ or ‘foxglove’ tree 5 litre
5 years ago a fellow plantaholic gave me some “Empress Tree” seeds. I duly sowed them and have produced a beautiful batch of these wondrous plants. We do not normally grow trees, but having seen them in bloom, we just couldn’t resist. They are also called the Foxglove tree, producing extraordinary flowers in May, of pale mauve foxglove flowers.
It arrived in Britain in 1840 and was named after Anna Paulowna, the daughter of the Empress of Russia.
This is a very fast growing deciduous tree, fully hardy and originally from China (where else) Our little chaps are now in 10 litre pots and have produced excellent root systems. They are relatively unusual and not widely grown. I have planted a specimen into a large garden in Canterbury and it is growing very strongly.
Full sun. Any free draining soil in a sheltered position.
Keep young trees protected from frost, once established its problem free.
Height 8-12 metres over 20-50 years.