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Characteristics: Deciduous tree 20 m spread 4 m
Seeds per packets: 80
Paulownia elongata is a fast growing treewith foxglove like fragrant pale purple lowers occurring in clusters in spring before the leaves appear produce large amounts of nectar.
Grows extremely rapidly in the first few years, reportedly up to 2m a year with with large dark green leaves occasionally exceeding 60 cm in length and wide.
A valued timber tree as timber is light but strong. The leaves can provide useful feed for stock.
Native to Asia.
Prefers a rich moist well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought, frost and salt resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.