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Old 03-14-2010, 10:04 PM
 
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They drop pods/ fruit that stink to high heaven. I'd go with a beautiful native red bud or pink dogwood or flowering cherry. If you drive by the Anson Grove subdivision (on Durant Road) this time of year, you won't wait long to plant an Okame cherry tree.

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:08 AM
 
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Friends again you are all saying very true things HOWEVER it is sort of like comparing a Volkswagen with a Mercedes. They are both cars but of a very different species. The same is true for paulownia: elongata has very different characteristics than tomentosa and you should not confuse the two species.

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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Dogwoods are beautiful but prone to disease (a recent phenomenon).

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Oh, dear, but it does sound like something that is better off growing elsewhere. I always think of the good intentions associated with importing kudzu, you know? Such a shame, as the Princess tree really is intriguing -- like most beautiful things, there may be a catch!

What about a pretty, native dogwood? Although, a dogwood actually does best under, or around, pines, and if not sheltered as a young tree, may cook in the heat of summer. Purple plum seems to do well around here.
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Old 03-28-2010, 08:34 AM
 
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These are all very interesting comments but what if paulownia was a native species in North America for millions of years. You might check out an article in the American Paulownia Association newsletter Vol 18 No. 3 by Vince Luschinnger.
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