Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 5000 Seeds
Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - %; Where Harvested (location) -
The Empress Tree, also known as Princess Tree or Foxglove Tree, is a deciduous tree in the genus Paulownia, native to central and western China, but invasive in the US. It grows to 30-85 feet tall, with large heart-shaped to five-lobed leaves 5-16 inches across, arranged in opposite pairs on the stem. On young growth, the leaves may be in whorls of three and be much bigger than the leaves on more mature growth. These are popular in the modern style of gardening which uses large-foliaged and "architectural" plants. The flowers are produced before the leaves in early spring, on panicles 4-12 inches long, with a tubular purple corolla 1-3 inches long resembling a foxglove flower. The fruit is a dry egg-shaped capsule 1-2 inches long, containing numerous tiny seeds. The seeds are winged and disperse by wind and water. Paulownia tomentosa can survive wildfire because the roots can regenerate new, very fast-growing stems. It is tolerant of pollution and it is not fussy about soil type. For this reason it functions ecologically as a pioneer plant. Its nitrogen-rich leaves provide good fodder and its roots prevent soil erosion. Eventually, Paulownia is succeeded by taller trees that shade it. It cannot thrive in the shade of other trees. The soft, lightweight seeds were commonly used as a packing material by Chinese porcelain exporters in the 19th century. It's cold hardy to zone 3.
Recommended Planting Instructions:
Scarification: None required. Stratification: None required. Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow seed, press seed into soil, keep moist, cover seedbed with some shade.