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Foxglove Trees

Paulownia spp.

Also known as

Empress Trees, Princess Trees

Paulownia u Pionirskom parku by Serbian Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 rs)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Foxglove Trees Overview

Paulownia is a genus containing around 7 species of deciduous trees in the Paulowniaceae family. These plants are native to China and parts of southeastern Asia, and widely cultivated especially in Japan and Korea. Commonly known as Foxglove Trees, they have very large ovate or heart-shaped leaves and upright panicles of usually purple tubular foxglove-like flowers in early spring. Members of this genus are grown as street trees in China and the wood is used in boat-building. One species, Paulownia tomentosa is commonly known by the name Empress Tree. This plant is considered one of the fastest-growing trees in the world. It is great for providing quick shade and wood but plant with care as this vigorous plant can quickly overtake areas. These trees can be pollarded or coppiced to produce even larger leaves.

How to propagate Foxglove Trees


You can propagate by seeds in the autumn or spring.


Root cuttings in winter.

Other uses of Foxglove Trees

Grown for their large leaves and fox-like flowers, borne before the foliage emerges.


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