Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1037

Tree
Perennial

Non-native: China
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon to rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it on roadsides, in disturbed areas, roadcuts, forests, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
Light purplish-blue
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile included stamens (2 long, 2 short)
Superior ovary
Inflorescence paniculate

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Paulownia tomentosa   FAMILY Paulowniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Paulownia tomentosa   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-01-001:
Paulownia tomentosa   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Princess Tree, Empress Tree, Royal Paulownia