Q. Should I plant a royal empress tree? (Paulownia)

I have an open backyard and looking for a shade tree to plant. The royal empress tree looks pretty, and grows very quickly, but have heard bad things about it being intrusive and don't want to grow more than one in my yard. We are in a development and don't have much wooded area directly around my neighborhood. Please advise! Any comments and help is appreciated.

Thanks!!

Answer

I'd hesitate to plant this tree considering the location and cirumstances you describe.  Yes, the tree is  fast growing and very attractive.  It is cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens, and it has even received an award of merit from the Royal Horticulture Society.  But it is also considered invasive. The roots can regenerate new, fast growing stems, and the seeds,  that may be widely scattered from the seed pods, easily create new growth.  It's a lovely tree, but perhaps not for your garden.  Here are some other suggesstions:

Native Alternatives to Invasive Paulownia Tree

Many native shrubs and trees make excellent alternatives to the invasive Princess Tree.  Examples include:

  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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