22 responses to “Paulownia tomentosa var. tsinlingensis”

  1. Bonnie

    Don’t recognize Kermit crunch face. 🙂

  2. Hollis

    I see it! (in original photo) 🙂

  3. Claire Bullaro

    Of course it does! More like when he has his upper lip tucked into the lower lip. 🙂
    Beautiful flowers!

  4. lynn

    The Kermit face is funny…I’ve always enjoyed these trees, but didn’t know the great details about how they escaped, and what a hard pruning can do. Thank you!

  5. Therese Romer

    What a a stunning tree ! Especially in flower, in e.g. Philadelphia gardens. Here, farther north around Québec or Montreal, it will grow annually as a huge green perennial — with no flowers alas. Thank you, Daniel, for the lovely picture, with our without Kermit.

  6. Natasha Roemer

    Daniel. I am not a botanist, though an avid gardener. I enjoy every entry and its history. Each, even those not obviously beautiful, is a visual delight in its own way and has expanded my knowledge effortlessly. I thank you.

  7. Joanna drewry

    My last garden had a beautiful specimen of Pawlownia tomentosa. Stunning in bloom and grows very quickly. Apparently grown for its wood in some parts of the world.

  8. Harriss

    It’s a common street tree here in Paris , perhaps for its tolerance to pruning ?

  9. Karin England

    Completely delightful, thanks Daniel!


    var. ‘Tree Frog’??

  11. Crozat

    Kermit the Frog? That’s a good one!

  12. Toinette Lippe

    Daniel–the Russian prima ballerina was Anna Pavlova. No “n” in her surname.

    1. Karin

      The tree is named after Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, circa 1813. I have one in my garden here in Denmark, and it comes with flowers every year.

      1. Toinette Lippe

        I stand corrected. I’ve always loved this tree, but had not heard of the Imperial Grand Duchess before. She was quite a force of nature: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Pavlovna_of_Russia

  13. Lynn Cook

    I love the history of these plants but no pruning is possible on the 40-50′ monsters on our property in southeastern Pennsylvania. To us, they are extremely messy, thankless trees. It is my understanding that the grain of the wood is different between Empress and Emperor Pawlownia tomentosa trees, with Empress trees sought for making musical instruments and intricate boxes. Daniel, can you confirm or refute that?

  14. Julianne Schieffer

    My Korean office mates in grad school would speak of this tree with reverence. In their culture, the birth of a baby girl prompts the planting of a pawlonia. When this child grew to marrying age, her tree would get cut and the purplish wood made into a sort of hope chest. It grows extremely fast and the unique color of the wood led to “pawlonia rustling” in Philadelphia as a single log at one time brought around $1000. Supposedly the shade grown trees produced more purplish colored grain.

  15. Kate McIntosh

    My Paulownia is in the top corner of my garden, covered with more gorgeous flowers than ever before. As we drive up the hill on
    our street in North Vancouver we see our tree towering over fences and rooftops. Many people in the neighbourhood stop and ask us about our tree.


    Grows on the Southern Maryland peninsula. So desirable is the wood, that there have been actual cases of treenapping. Therefore, folks do not admit knowledge of stands of these trees hidden in the landscape. It is only when they are blooming are they at risk.

  17. Stuart Adank

    Plants and Muppets together… my two favourite things !!

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