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Paulownia tomentosa Empress Foxglove Tree seeds
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Paulownia tomentosa (Empress Foxglove Tree) | 50 - 50,000 Seeds | £3.49 - £99.99

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Paulownia tomentosa - (Empress Foxglove Tree)


Native to China, this is one of the fastest-growing deciduous trees on the planet.  Combine that with the pure beauty and fragrance of the tree in flower, along with its architectural and exotic-looking large leaves, and it is a must-have in a any garden with space.


It grows between 8-12m (25-40 feet) tall with large heart-shaped to five-lobed leaves 15-40cm across.  Many gardeners cut back the tree to ground level at the end of each year, to keep under 2m in height, using the exotic-looking large leaves to great effect within a pot or amongst a border.


In late spring, the whole tree is covered with beautiful pink-lilac and fragrant flowers, each around 5cm long and shaped like foxglove flowers.


With their astonishing growth rate, Paulownia tomentosa trees are among the fastest growing trees on the planet, making them an attractive option for reforestation projects and sustainable timber production.

In addition to their rapid growth, they are also valuable for their ability to sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making them an important tool in mitigating the effects of climate change.


Full hardy to -15°C (5°F)


This tree has been given the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit (AGM)


Please note: full germination instructions are printed on each pack


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Genus: Paulownia


Species: tomentosa


English name: Foxglove Tree / Empress Tree


Eventual height: 25-40 feet (8-12 m)


Plant type: Deciduous tree


Season of Interest: Purple flowers spring to summer; beautiful bare form of winter


Flowering time: Spring to summer


Hardiness: Hardy to -15ºC (5ºF)


Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade (blooms better in full sun)


Soil: Moist, humus-rich and well-drained soils


Propagation methods: Cuttings and seed




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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
R. Llewelyn


Great tree Seed

Very good quality some have germinated very fast Great thank you

Peter C.
Good stuff

Excellent product

Mr K. Sanderson
Rare seeds!

Very concise instructions with the seeds. When followed you plant and wait, and you are rewarded with shoots. It may take years for a tree but thats life!!!