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Post by tocyvi on Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:28 pm

Has anyone got one of these growing in their garden. I'm wanting to grow some from seed but a couple of people have told me that they may not be hardy in this region. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. They are also known as Foxglove Trees because of the shape of their flowers.
 
It looks pretty spectacular:
 
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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by Izzyedwards on Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:05 pm

Oh mu goodness, that's gorgeous! Sorry I have no useful advice to offer but will be most envious if you succeed in growing one. Smile

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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by Tradzoner on Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:28 pm

Beautiful tree that I havent seen before. Found this though, so looks as though it is good for France.

http://www.deco.fr/jardin-jardinage/arbuste-a-fleurs/paulownia/

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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by very19 on Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:39 pm


Hope this google translation is understandable...

Original from the famous site http://www.rustica.fr/videos-jardin/arbres-et-arbustes/paulownia-paulownia-tomentosa,6636.html

Its cultivation requirements
Hardiness: It is quite hardy but prefers the heat. It may suffer from severe frost when young.
Exposure: Full sun.
Sol: Fairly demanding, it accepts most common soils.
Humidity: It supports slightly dry soil in which it grows much slower. However, it does not like the waterlogged land, in which it decays.
Sensitivity: He fears the strong winds, the wood is quite brittle, and does not support the spray. It is susceptible to powdery mildew, the armillary in heavy ground, and decay fungi that grow on large wounds. It accepts classical urban pollution.


culture
Plantation provide space! Given its strength and size, book him a large area. It can be planted bare root, but do not let it dry. Prepare a large pit much larger than the root planting, without burying the trunk. Stake halfway avoiding further injury. Mulch the bowl, then sprinkle in the spring.

Size: to pass below ultimately must quickly remove lower branches, as they are of small diameter. Then, the ideal is to keep his natural harbor
and elegant, without trying to limit volume.
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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by tocyvi on Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:40 pm

Thanks to all of you for your help and comments. I was down near Cahors a couple of weeks ago and some friends had one. It wasn't in flower, of course, but they did promise me some seeds when they are ripe, so I'll be giving them a try. If I'm lucky enough to get several seeds to germinate, I'm happy to give away some of the young trees. I've never seen them before and certainly not in this region, but if they turn out anything like the picture, I will start to wonder why they aren't better known.
 
Thanks again for your help.
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Post by Inkflo on Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:35 pm

tocyvi wrote:Thanks to all of you for your help and comments. I was down near Cahors a couple of weeks ago and some friends had one. It wasn't in flower, of course, but they did promise me some seeds when they are ripe, so I'll be giving them a try. If I'm lucky enough to get several seeds to germinate, I'm happy to give away some of the young trees. I've never seen them before and certainly not in this region, but if they turn out anything like the picture, I will start to wonder why they aren't better known.
Taken from the World Pawlonia Institute ...
Paulownia likes free draining sandy loam type soils. Paulownia will not tolerate any low or wet land. Paulownia requires a pH of 5.5 and above. You will need to test your pH each season and fertilize accordingly. Early spring and then again prior to fall. Pruning is required for the first 2 years. Pruning every 4-6 weeks in the first growing season will ensure good height growth. Once your tree reaches at least 15' it is not necessary to keep pruning the suckers out. Shade tree pruning: You only need to prune your tree up to where you want the canopy to start. If you want your canopy to start at 8 or 10 feet then you do not need to prune any higher. It is very important in all cases of pruning that you leave at least 8-10 main sets of leaves on the tree at all times. Do not over prune.
 
Thanks again for your help.
Good luck with it, ours died the first winter. Sad

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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by tocyvi on Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:40 pm

Inkflo wrote:Good luck with it, ours died the first winter. Sad
Hi Inkflo. I do think its reliability, ie hardiness, is suspect, which is possibly why you don't see them around here. If I'm successful in getting the seeds to germinate, I'll keep them in the polytunnel over the first winter, so that they can harden off for the following winter. I note that Jardiland have them for sale on their internet site, starting at €54.50!!!, so it'll be a bit more than a minor disappointment if you lost it in its first year.

As a matter of interest, did you grow yours from seed or buy it as a young tree?
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Post by Inkflo on Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:16 pm

tocyvi wrote:
Inkflo wrote:Good luck with it, ours died the first winter. Sad
Hi Inkflo. I do think its reliability, ie hardiness, is suspect, which is possibly why you don't see them around here. If I'm successful in getting the seeds to germinate, I'll keep them in the polytunnel over the first winter, so that they can harden off for the following winter. I note that Jardiland have them for sale on their internet site, starting at €54.50!!!, so it'll be a bit more than a minor disappointment if you lost it in its first year.

As a matter of interest, did you grow yours from seed or buy it as a young tree?
I bought a young tree. It was from a Dutch pepiniere, the tree was about a metre high and pot grown, and I think I paid 15 euros for it, so although I was sorry to lose it,
it wasn't a financial disaster. Hope you can grow yours ok.

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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by tocyvi on Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:51 pm

Inkflo wrote:although I was sorry to lose it, it wasn't a financial disaster. Hope you can grow yours ok.
If and when I get the seeds & if and when they germinate, you're welcome to one. I'll keep you informed of progress........................










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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by Inkflo on Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:27 am

Thanks, I'll hold you to that!

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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by tocyvi on Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:02 pm

Inkflo wrote:Thanks, I'll hold you to that!

Hi Inkflo
Just to let you know that the seeds have germinated and they're starting to put on a bit of growth; they're now an impressive half an inch tall!! When they're big enough (probably about 6-12 inches), I'll let you know and drop one off for you. I can't wait until I'm a 103 and they're in full bloom.
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Post by Myriam on Tue Apr 08, 2014 5:35 pm

Looks a magnific tree, especially the blue variety. I read they do not like high winds as the wood is brittle and the limits in temperature are quoted as -15 to +130 (Fahrenheit I presume) = -25 to +50 degrees Celcius???

So you should be ok there, providing you give the tree plenty of space (they do not like to be moved) and some protection the first 3 winters, mix in some sand if your soil is too heavy and plant it in ful sun in a much bigger hole than you might think necessary. The acidity of 5.5Ph or above should not be a problem in the Limousin. I'll be very very interested how you get on with it. It looks absolutely heavenly flower ! Do keep us informed please!


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Post by tocyvi on Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:13 pm

Hi Myriam
If enough seeds germinate, I'll call in one of these days to meet you and bring a Paulownia with me.
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Post by Myriam on Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:18 pm

That would be very nice... You and Paulownia are very welcome!
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Re: Paulownia tree

Post by Inkflo on Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:53 pm

tocyvi wrote:
Inkflo wrote:Thanks, I'll hold you to that!

Hi Inkflo
Just to let you know that the seeds have germinated and they're starting to put on a bit of growth; they're now an impressive half an inch tall!! When they're big enough (probably about 6-12 inches), I'll let you know and drop one off for you. I can't wait until I'm a 103 and they're in full bloom.

It's like something from Jack & the beanstalk!
You have more patience than I do, and a better memory. I appreciate that, and look forward to seeing you both.


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