The Paulownia tree, also known as the Princess tree, is a native of China that has become a popular choice worldwide.

Resistant to drought and air pollution, this tree grows to a height of up to 30 or 40 feet, with wide branches and a thick growth of leaves perfect for providing shade.

In early spring, Paulownia Trees even produce beautiful purple-pink blooms.

But while they may be popular for their heartiness, like any plant, they need specialized care.

If you're thinking about planting a Paulownia tree, keep reading to learn 5 things you should know first.

1. They Can Grow in Many Climates

Their native country having problems with air pollution could be one reason why the Royal Paulownia tree is so hearty in poor air quality.

But Paulownia trees are also tolerant of a variety of climates.

While with proper care these trees may grow in harsher climates, they do prefer areas that have periods of warm weather in the spring, summer, and fall.

2. Location Matters

Like many plants, the Paulownia tree needs good drainage to thrive.

This means that soils that are heavy in clay and rocks or where water pools aren't ideal.

While Paulownia trees may not serve many practical purposes related to ethnobotany, they are great for shade. But before you plant them in a high traffic area to provide some relief from the summer sun, there is another Paulownia tree fact you need to know; they bloom with large flowers.

When the flowers die, they fall, littering the ground. The large leaves will fall as well at the end of the summer. Both can cause a big mess, so you'll want to think twice about where to plant your tree.

3. They Need to Be Planted at the Right Time

Choosing the best time to plant your Paulownia seeds depends on your area's climate.

If you experience cold winters and chilly springs, plant your seeds early in the cold season. That way when the sprouts break the surface, it will already be warm and a freeze won't kill your young tree.

4. Paulownia Trees Need Plenty of Water

While too much water pooled in the roots will kill a Paulownia tree, that doesn't mean they don't need moisture.

If your area experiences drought, you will want to water your tree. Otherwise, regular rainfall will be plenty to keep your tree thriving.

5. Strong Winds May Kill Saplings

Paulownia trees have large leaves that may catch in windy conditions, bending and snapping branches.

Planting your young saplings in a spot protected from the wind will help prevent it from snapping in a storm.

Growing Paulownia Trees

Paulownia trees are beautiful to look at and wonderful to have around on a sunny day. And if you don't have a particularly green thumb, they're an easy choice that can weather a variety of conditions, from droughts to cold winters.

If you're ready to put these tips to work and try your hand at growing your own Paulownia trees, shop our Paulownia seed selection today.

Flowers of Paulownia on blue sky background in spring

Steffen Bauer

Seit meiner Kindheit bin ich fasziniert von Flora & Fauna. Bereits auf dem Weg zum Abitur habe ich mich aus diesem Interesse heraus selbstständig gemacht und betreibe seitdem diesen Onlineshop. Ab 2011 habe ich an der Universität Konstanz Biologie studiert und 2015 mit dem Bachelor of Science abgeschlossen.

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