Need tree identification -- is this a Paulownia?
Hi Tommy, your photo was forwarded to us in the library where we run a Garden Q&A service. I showed it to our very knowledgeable volunteer and we both agree that your tree is a Paulownia.
The Paulownia comes from China and was introduced here in the U.S. in the 19th Century. It is fast-growing and is considered to be invasive here. That said, it's also used as an ornamental tree. For example, if you ever visit the world-famous Longwood Gardens just outside Philadelphia, you will see an allée of Paulownias growing there. It's also grown in our nearby Logan Circle right here in downtown Philadephia.
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