List of Trees 61-90 Royal Paulownia

Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Steud.

Family: Scrophularlaceae

Also known as the princess tree or empress tree, it has large catapla-like leaves. It is native to China and has huge heart shaped clusters of lavender flowers in the spring. Flowers are borne before the leaf growth appears. Traditionally, when oriental couples have a daughter, they plant a Paulownia tree. When the daughter is ready to marry, they cut down the tree and make a dowry chest, furniture and other items out for wedding gifts.