Paulownia Trees

Forests Of The Future

(Photos: Alice Russell, NCSU)

Some excerpts from the following pages:

"These beautiful ancient asian trees can provide extraordinary hardwood, which can spare some of the virgin rainforests. They provide beautiful shade and flowers in a wide range of soils and climates. They are extremely fast growing and easily cultivated."

"Instead of just growing forests only or food crops only, you can plant your food crops amongst your forests. Over the last 30 years in China, where more than 3 million hectares of Paulownia have been intercropped with food crops (wheat, soya, and other cereals) increased yields have been consistently recorded."

The leaves are large heart shaped and the flowers are large and showy lavender to white.The fruit is a large capsule with winged seeds which remain on the tree into winter. They prefer rich loam and a protected situation. They can survive as far north as Montreal, Canada, but prefer warmer climates south of Washington, DC. Propagation is by seed, cuttings or by rooting leaves when they are 1 inch long. Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening.

  1. Welcome to the Fastest GrowingTree
    CPII, Cary, N.C., is a renewable resources company founded to take advantage of technical advances in the growing of PAULOWNIA, an extremely fast-growing Asian hardwood tree. Paulownia may also serve to meet a large portion of the world's demand for tropical hardwoods, the root cause of the decimation of our irreplaceable rain forests.
  2. Paulownia at Carolina Pacific - CPII
    CPII's team of scientific and genetic experts have made breakthroughs in the methodology and clonal improvement so significant that a "Super Tree" has been born. Elongata Carolinia has been developed especially to meet USA growing conditions, however proper site selection is critical for optimal growth.

  1. Australian Paulownia & Links
  2. Coffs Harbour, Australia
    The Amazing Super Tree, the Paulownia is a fast growing broadleaf, flowering, deciduous tree, and can be grown almost anywhere in Australia, it requires a large amount of light, can withstand winter, and early spring frost, to minus 10 degrees, and temperatures up to 50.
  3. Earth Friendly Tech.

  1. Queensland P. Photos
  2. Photo Gallery of Paulownia Trees
  3. Paulownia Paintings
  4. NCSU Dept. of Horticulture

  1. Early Bird Nursery, Seeds & Seedling

  1. Int. Ag Rodale
    Paulownia tormentosa, an Excellent Tree for Agroforestry and Windbreaks in the more Temperate Regions of the Developing Countries. A nitrogen fixing tree program is under way that includes collection, selection and propagation of the species.
  2. SuperTrees Planning Guide
    Soon after, the sprouts develop stable root systems and, with the proper care and maintenance, the young sapling will continue its incredible growth rate. The commercial consumption of trees has led to massive deforestation, increased carbon dioxide (leading to the greenhouse effect), and the erosion of delicate forest soil systems.
  3. QDC Agroforestry
  4. Tree Species & Timber

  1. Osaka Senshu Paulownia Chests
    By the late 18th century the region had grown into one of the largest kiri-tansu (paulownia chests) manufacturing centers.
  2. The bird, tree and flower emblem of Sannohe town
    Growing the paulownia has been an active business in the Nanbu area from older days, and the production of Nanbu paulownia is highly esteemed in Japan.
  3. Paulownia, Japan
  4. Paulownia, the Sapphire Dragon
    This 20th century wonder is the Sapphire Dragon, an exotic, decorative shade tree which, in spring, is bejeweled with an abundance of dazzling spikes of sapphire-hued flowers: "a dragon breathing fire, not of a ruby glow but of sapphire." When it refoliates in the warmer months, its enormous, lush and exotic leaves create a luxuriant, cool summer shade.

  1. Paulownia kawakamii
    Paulonia, named in honor of Anna Paulonia an eighteenth-century princess of the Netherlands, is a genus of 17 deciduous Asian trees in the Bignonia family (Bignoniaceae). The most common of the Paulownia, P. tomentosa or Empress Tree, is unknown in its natural habitat yet has escaped cultivation to become naturalized from New York to Georgia.
  2. P. facts
    Twig: Stout, light brown, numerous lenticels, leaf scar nearly circular, bundle scars arranged in a circle, pith is hollow in the second year, terminal bud lacking, lateral buds small. etc.
  3. P. Listgroup
  4. P. Encyclo.
  5. Empress Tree

  1. Risk Analysis For Timber Owners
    Farm management doesn't plant a site without thorough documentation as to temperature, soil, water table, wind and rain information to assure success of the crops. Since management has a large requirement for timber, they have a vested interest in being certain that any site meets the necessary criteria to successful grow Paulownia.
  2. Hardwoods for Sale
  3. Aust. P. Financial Models
  4. Taiwan Forestry Res. Inst.
  5. FAQS: P. A Green Business
  6. Mountain Forest Corp., Investing in P.
  7. Agroforest News

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