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Old 03-12-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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It's supposed to be a fast growing tree and based on what I have seen online has beautiful purple blooms Just wondering if anyone here has also planted it, how you liked it etc..I would like to plant one or two for privacy and shade as well as adding some color to the yard. I have plenty of shrubs and bushes but wanted a nice flowering ( and quick to grow ) tree. Thanks!
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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This has piqued my interest as well. Have you found any local sources for the trees around here or were you going to get yours off the internet?
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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I wouldn't plant those here. They're an invasive weed species. They are pretty, but there are other flowering trees that are more desirable.

Check out these links for more info:

Princess Tree

PCA Alien Plant Working Group - Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)

Trees: Paulownia tomentosa

Invasive Species: Plants - Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:22 PM
 
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Mine died.....I guess that was a good thing as I didnt know it was invasive.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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Thanks, that is good to know! And so far I had only seen it online.
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Old 03-13-2010, 03:12 AM
 
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Much of what is said above is true however, it is about paulownia tomentosa. You want to be growing paulownia elongata or fortunei both noninvasive species.

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Old 03-13-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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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 03-13-2010, 08:00 AM
 
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My Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants book lists the Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) as an alternative to the Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa). The blooms are white, not purple but it may be worth a look.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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Catalpas are beautiful, but they do have huge long seed pods. Plus or minus in your book?
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Yes please don't plant these. The tomentosa's are exotic varieties, and really litter our highways w/ ugliness for most of the year. Plant a local native. Once established they can rival the growth of most other trees.
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