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Foxglove Tree

Paulownia tomentosa

Also known as

Princess Tree, Empresstree, Karritree, Royal Paulownia, Royal Empress Tree

Paulownia tomentosa JPG2a by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








25 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Foxglove Tree

A purple flower on a Paulownia tomentosa plant
A close up of some green Paulownia tomentosa leaves
A close up of a Paulownia tomentosa flower

Foxglove Tree Overview

Paulownia tomentosa is a medium to large, deciduous tree from the Paulowniaceae family. It has a spreading habit and is known for its beautiful, scented foxglove-like flowers which bloom in spring before the leaves emerge. Commonly known by the names Foxglove Tree, Tulip Tree and Princess Tree, amongst others. Foxglove Trees are hardy and grow well in full sun. Take care with planting as this large tree needs a lot of space, it forms a deep taproot and is considered invasive in certain locations such as South Africa. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

Common problems with Foxglove Tree

How to harvest Foxglove Tree

Harvest seed pods in autumn.

How to propagate Foxglove Tree


Sow seed in spring. Keep moist until roots have developed.


Dig a trench around a young tree. Follow a root until you find a piece 30cm long the same width as a pencil. Using sterile secateurs remove the piece from the mother plant and place in potting soil. It shall send up shoots soon.

Special features of Foxglove Tree

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Foxglove Tree

Interesting leaves


Leaf juice is used in the treatment of warts.

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