The typical Paulownia grown in the UK, P. tomentosa, the foxglove tree, is a sight to behold in spring, with its incredible large purple flowers, on erect panicles, en-masse. Highlighted to a an even greater extent, as they flowers before the leaves unfurl. Younger trees can be coppiced, to produce large and textural leaves, but at the expense of flowers. Around 9 species in South East Asia.

With flowers that are clearly adapted for insect pollination, and experience elsewhere in the world where pure Paulownia honey is a valuable product for beekeepers, it is surprising that there is little written about such value in Britain. Forming an open, branched tree, Paulownia forms useful song-posts for birds, but is not dense enough for nesting for most species. One of the fastest growing trees in the world, its suitability as a commercial biomass and carbon sequestration crop is being trialled, despite concerns that it could become invasive in this country as climate continues to change.

Plants to be propagated in the near future, register your interest To Be Propagated

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