Magnificent Flowering Shade Tree. Royal Paulownia Tree (Paulownia tomentosa). It is also known as Foxglove Tree because of the shape of the blossoms and Princess Tree because it was named for Anna Paulovna Romanov (1795-1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I and granddaughter of Catherine the Great.
This shade tree grows rapidly adding 15 feet each year to reach a mature height of 50 feet and width of 30 feet in just 10 years. It is considered one of the fastest growing trees in the world. The leaves of this plant are large and velvety soft looking very much like those on a catalpa tree. Flowers appear on second year wood are light purple pink, showy, and smell like vanilla. Woody brown seed capsules follow and in the fall they break open to reveal winged seeds.Soil Type: Prefers moist, deep, well-drained soil, will tolerate a wide range of soils. Full sun or partial shade and sheltered from wind. Zones 5 to 8.
Other Names: Kiri Tree, Bluebell Tree, Bignonia tomentosa, Paulownia coreana, Paulownia grandifolia, Paulownia imperialis, Paulownia recurva