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What Tree is This?
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walt    Posted 04-24-2004 at 11:06:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
2 pics in the gallery. This is spring time pics. Once the blooms fall, leaves are "elephant ear" size leaves. Any guesses? It's the only one on my property.

And the Winner is...    Posted 04-24-2004 at 14:58:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Larry. Thanks for the info. The empress/princess is definitely it. Mine is about 10yrs old. I mowed it down a couple times, then uncle sam sent me away for a yr and the wife let it grow. So here we are.

You are welcome!    Posted 04-24-2004 at 17:27:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
The "locals" tell me that the tree often develops a rotten core which ruins the tree for sale. Worse yet, they said often you cannot tell until you cut it down. :-(((

Good luck with yours.


Larry 8N75381    Posted 04-24-2004 at 14:39:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

It looks a lot like the "Princess Tree" a cousin to the calalpa. Scientific Name Paulownia tomentosa Common Name Empress tree; Princess tree, "slang name' (in Virginia) coffee wood tree. Highly valued by the Japanese and often "stolen" for the trunk which can bring hundreds of dollars. One was cut at a church in the Virginia suburbs several years ago that had been planted by a charter mamber of the church. They were VERY upset, needless to say.

Here ;is a site that talks about the Japanese and gives some history.

I found this on one of the web sites I found with a Google search on Princess Tree. "Comment: Paulownia is named for Anna Paulownia (1795-1865), Princess of the Netherlands; tomentosa refers to the densely hairy undersurface of the leaves."

I have linked below another site that has good information.


Willow    Posted 05-03-2004 at 20:36:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Larry,
Thanks for the great picture of the Empress/Princess Tree. I really love them, but just to let you know, the site you gave
doesn't seem to be "up" any longer. But I did find another
It doesn't tell anything about it's history, but does tell a little about the tree itself.

Del    Posted 04-24-2004 at 14:55:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Larry. I classify growing things in pastures into three groups. If it will someday make sawlog, pamper it. If a cow can eat it and survive, fertilize it. If it does not fit one of these two groups it's brush and needs cut down. My (linwood) Empress trees just got classified a tree.

For Walt    Posted 04-24-2004 at 11:54:31       [Reply]  [No Email]

A catalpa tree blossoms, grows pods, and sheds leaves making a rake-able mess three times a year.
That's my guess?

For Walt also    Posted 04-24-2004 at 11:59:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

Another tree with large leaves, sycamore.
However, I've never seen one blossom I can remember if the females do such a thing. Another guess for what it is worth.
Have childhood memories of both. Some good, some not so.

DD    Posted 04-24-2004 at 13:22:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't think it's a Sycamore either. They have big leaves but never seen the lil brown bunches like this on them. They have the lil round balls but they dont gather in clusters like this. I've seen the ones with the long bean lookin seed pods also, those are called.... ah crap, dontcha hate that when ya know the name of somethin right until you try to type it : ( Hmmmmmm.... aaaarrrgghhh...I'm thinkin, I'm's an exotic sounding plant name....ahhh fergit it...I'm sure I'll think of it right about 3 in the mornin...I'll let ya know then ; )

Del    Posted 04-24-2004 at 13:12:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
This does not look like sycamore to me. It may be catalpa. What we call catalpa has seed pods that look like huge green beans. This looks like what we call linwood, a close cousin to bassel wood. It is very fast growing and nearly as light as a feather.One of my friends in the sawmiil business once found one big enough to saw a railroad crosstie from. He could handle that crosstie almost like a baseball bat. Sure fouled some people who knew how much a real crosstie weighed.

~Lenore    Posted 04-24-2004 at 13:14:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
My catalpa tree is in bloom now.
It blooms white flowers and the blooms come after it is in full leaf.
Leaves first, seed pods, and then blooms.

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