World Paulownia Empress Tree 'Super Select'

Paulownia elongata

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Paulownia (pa-LOH-nee-a) (Info)
Species: elongata (ee-long-GAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Super Select



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (3 reports)

Yosemite Lakes, California

Gainesville, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Orland Park, Illinois

Denison, Iowa

Sulphur, Louisiana

Cato, New York

Port Washington, New York

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Poulsbo, Washington

Falling Waters, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 23, 2012, Ribeyerare from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

These trees have beautiful flowers, and while they may grow quite large extremely quickly, if planted too close to your home, it's roots will lift up your house even quicker. Use extreme caution with this plant as it is VERY invasive and once it grows about 1'-2' tall, it's almost impossible to remove its root system, especially when it's growing out of sidewalk cracks, which it will do very readily.


On Oct 14, 2008, DrkRaven01 from Poulsbo, WA wrote:

I heard about these trees a few years ago from a friend that lives in North Carolina. What really caught my interest was that under the right circumstances they can grow up to 15 feet the first year. Now thats a Tree. They also have Giant leaves for the first few years and then mellow out somewhat. They also have large purple cluster type flowers that eminate a soft fragrience which will draw butterflies and humming birds. Cutting them back to the ground the first 2 years helps in their height. These trees are really amazing. They are being grown now in mass quanities for their very straight and clean lumber. They are considered at full maturity at 5 years. Could be a great cash crop if you have the land. They also do well in poor water conditions. But the first 2 years you will... read more