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Kiri Princess Tree Seeds - Foxglove Empress Seed - FRESH BONSAI - Paulownia tomentosa - PINKISH LAVENDER BLOOMS - Zone 5 - 8

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Royal Empress, Paulownia tomentosa, Hardy! Tree Seeds


Paulownia tomentosa (also known as the Empress Tree, Princess Tree or Foxglove Tree; pao tong泡桐 in Chinese; kiri in Japanese) is a deciduoustree in the genus Paulownia, native to central and westernChina, with large heart-shaped to five-lobed leaves 15–40 cm across, arranged in opposite pairs on the stem. On young growth, the leaves may be in whorls of three and be much bigger than the leaves on more mature growth.  The characteristic large size of the young growth is exploited by gardeners: by pollarding the tree and ensuring there is vigorous new growth every year, massive leaves are produced (up to 60 cm across).


These are popular in the modern style of gardening which uses large-foliaged and "architectural" plants.


Royal Empress Tree, Paulownia tomentosa, Seeds


Fast Growth, Hardy, Easy to Grow, Fragrant Flowering Tree, Heat Tolerant, Shade Tree, Timber


Empress Trees grow in a variety of conditions, from Mexico all the way up into parts of Canada. They grow in almost any soil, needing little water plus they resist pests and disease. With a rapid growth rate, the Empress tree can reach 50 feet in height with an equal spread in an open landscape. Most trees are seen 30 to 40 feet tall and wide. Unlike some fast growing trees that have short life spans, a healthy Empress tree can live for 80 to 100 years.


Empress Trees are noted for its profuse bloom of fragrant, tubular, funnel-shaped, pinkish-lavender flowers (to 2” long) with interior dark purple spotting and creamy yellow striping. Flowers appear in spring in clusters (to 14” long) before the foliage so they stand out nicely, especially against an evergreen background. Flower aroma is reminiscent of vanilla. Flowers are edible and are sometimes added to salads. Flowers are followed by oval, woody, dehiscent seed capsules that emerge sticky green and ripen to brown in fall, at which point they split open releasing abundant winged seeds. This native of China gives a most dramatic, coarse-textured appearance, with its huge catalpa-like heart-shaped leaves and large clusters of lavender flowers in the spring.


Traditionally, when Japanese couples have a daughter, they plant a Paulownia tree. When the daughter is ready to marry, they cut down the tree and make a dowry chest, furniture and other items out of it for wedding gifts.

Paulownia trees are believed to bring Good Fortune to the household and all who enter.

Common Names: Royal Paulownia, Princess Tree, Foxglove Tree, Sapphire Dragon, Kawakami, Kiri Tree, Rattlebox Tree, Sapphire Princess

Zone: 5 to 8

Growth rate: Very Fast

Plant Type: Flowering Tree

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Native Range: Central and western China

Height: 30 to 40 feet

Spread: 30 to 40 feet

Bloom Time: April

Bloom Color: Pinkish-lavender

Flower/Fruit: Clusters of fragrant, tubular, funnel-shaped, pinkish-lavender flowers.

Fall Color: None

Sun: Full sun

Crown uniformity: irregular outline or silhouette

Crown shape: round; vase shape

Crown density: moderate

Drought tolerance: moderate

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Medium

Site Requirements /Soil Tolerances: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers sandy humus loams with good drainage. Tolerates a wide range of soils including poor, dry ones, but dislikes unamended heavy clay soils. Tolerates light shade, but is generally intolerant of shady conditions.

Culture: Blooms on old wood (buds form in summer for the following spring bloom). Overwintering flower buds are ornamentally attractive, but may be damaged in very cold winters, particularly when temperatures dip below 0 degrees F. Best sited in locations protected from strong winds. Paulownia may be grown as non-flowering foliage plants by administering annual hard dormant season pruning. Tree forms may be pollarded (annually prune branches back to the trunk) and shrub forms may be coppiced (annually prune stems to the ground). Such hard dormant season pruning encourage the development of much larger leaves (up to 24” long) at the expense of the spring flowers. Can also be grown in containers as a foliage plant.

Uses: Beautiful specimen flowering tree for lawns and gardens.



Sowing Paulownia Seeds:

The seeds of Paulownia are very small.

Light, warmth and moisture enhance germination.

Germination: Surface sow indoors. Requires light for germination. Artificial light is recommended.

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Product Reviews

  1. what do I say? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2014

    As I am oversees at this time, I haven't seen the seeds yet. It is hard to comment on something I haven't seen.
    2. I bought these seeds to grow trees for timber and won't know until harvest time if they are what I am needing or not, which may take 8-10 years.
    3. I haven't purchased the land I need for the plans I have yet, I don't know when that is going to happen yet.
    I'm believing God for a miracle to help hundreds of street people in Perth, giving them accommodation, rehabilitation, training/retraining/ employment and a hope and a future.

  2. Head over heels in Love: 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jun 2013

    I'm very excited with the idea or growing the future of my chosen trees, plants, and bushes. Having good seed to begin with, plus my time, interest, and energy should prove to be an exciting venture. The old axiom nothing ventured, nothing gained is still true. With MY SEEDS, I feel a bright future ahead...Thanks MY Seeds.com