Empress Tree

Paulownia tomentosa

Also known as the Princess Tree, this deciduous species is native to China and was brought to the United States as a promising ornamental flowering tree. The rapidly growing trees reach 10 to 25 m in height and produce clusters of tubular, pale purple flowers in early spring, before the leaves appear. This species has been classified as an invasive plant in parts of the eastern United States.
Habitat:
Grows in a wide variety of soils.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree growing rapidly to 20 m tall.
Bloom Time:
Mid-spring.
Longevity:
Short-lived.
Presence in US:
AL AR CT DC FL GA IL IN KY LA MD MO MS NC NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA WV