Mystery Tree – Solved – Paulownia tomentosa

The mystery is solved.
This tree is a Paulownia tomentosa
(common names empress tree, princess tree or foxglove tree)
It’s a deciduous tree in the family Paulowniaceae, native to
central and western China, but invasive in the USA.
Paulownia tomentosa is the fastest growing tree in the world.

Do you know what type of tree this is?
My husband and I saw it growing down in a gully, next to a waterway, by the side of a road. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s such a curiosity to us that I had to make some photos to help me search for what it is.
I haven’t been able to find a photo of a tree to match it on a search engine.
I wonder what type of fruit or nuts it produces and if it’s edible.


Do you know what it is?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Have a lovely rest of the week.
I hope all your mysteries are pleasant ones.



12 thoughts on “Mystery Tree – Solved – Paulownia tomentosa

  1. Sorry, my friend….I don’t have a clue. Hopefully at least one of your readers will know! Perhaps take the photo to a nearby nursery or greenhouse??

    Or your county extension agent…if you have one.



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