Found a catalog ad for a Royal Paulownia tree for $4.99. Ad states it
can grow roof high in one year. (Does this seem legit?)
Is this tree in the same family as the Royal Poinciana.
I livein west central Florida.
Y'all have helped me before.
I agree, but if you have a large property, it is a great fast growing tree. It
is said to be one which can take over, but not here in Texas. The problem trees
here are Chinese tallow and wax leaf ligustrum. I planted my P. out at the far
back of the property to shade out the dumb street light...and it does that
perfectly. It's not near any water pipes or wells, or sewer drains. I wouldn't
plant it near any of those.
Not sure about the "weed" issue! I guess what you are talking about
are a Paulownia tormentosa (syn. P. imperialis) and definatley not
related to Poinciana! This is a tree from China growing up to 50ft
tall - and yes indeed wery farst the first years, I would say up to
5-6ft the first year. But it does not send out runners and it does not
flower the first years! So it will deffinately not pop up in your lawn
the first years - what happens when it do flower and set seed i don't
know though! I think the other guys have an other plant in mind!
I have seen Paulownia do 6-8' in one year after it had established a root
system...but why would you want this darned thing> It is flowery - true -
but the wood is weaker than balsa, it is very short lived, it makes a hell
of a mess, and it is an invasive exotic.
Mike LaMana, MS
Heartwood Consulting Services, LLC
It can actually put on upto 10-12' feet annually when established (it is
often cooppiced each year to maintain a smaller size and increase foliage
production) and is not the slightest bit invasive in many cooler parts of
the country where the seeds are unable to ripen. And while it can colonize
areas, it demures to hardier competition in time, so should not be
considered a threatening exotic species. The wood is soft and can be brittle
when green but is hard and strong once dried and is extremely valuable for
furniture making and construction purposes, specially in Asia where it
orginated and where other timber sources are in short supply.
No relation to poinciana.
pam - gardengal
I bought a Paulownia at (of all places) Home Depot. It is a Paulownia
kawakamii. It was 2 feet tall when I bought it. The first year it grew 8 feet,
this is it's second year (third growing season) and it is about 20 feet tall.
These are very fast growning trees, and they are actually also hardwood.
Here are two URL's with the info on them.
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