Paulownia tomentosa

Scientific Name: Paulownia tomentosa
Common Name: princess-tree

Purple flower clusters (up to a foot/30 cm in height!) help identify princess-tree.
Photographer: Gary Fleming

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A quickly-reproducing non-native invasive tree in the U.S., princess-tree spreads thousands of seeds each year. Seeds easily germinate on disturbed soil (such as soil exposed by upturned trees, burned forest areas, and cleared lots).

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