Category Archives: the foxglove tree

Paulownia tomentosa, the Empress or Foxglove Tree

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The featured image is a full grown specimen of this tree. The photo above is one that I have grown from seed and is in the main border.

Obviously I do not want it to grow to full size here but it can be coppiced or pollarded so that it remains in scale with the other plants. When doing this in spring you lose the beautiful mauve foxglove type flowers it produces in favour of these huge dramatic soft leaves.

It is deciduous and a native of Japan where it is held in high esteem.

If allowed to flower it can self seed quite prolifically and grow in most types of soil,  so by preferring the foliage to the flowers is an advantage…