Paulownia tomentosa | Foxglove Empress Tree | Kiri | 100_Seeds

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This is Paulownia tomentosa, also known as foxglove-tree, empress tree, and kiri. This tree can grow over 40 feet high and it likes to live in full sun. The magnificent lavender, pink, and purple blossoms attract a wide variety of bees, birds, and butterflies. This gorgeous tree blossoms from the middle of Spring until early Summer. This fragrant tree can be used as an ornamental tree or a shade tree. Either way the wonderful smell and beautiful flowers make this tree a pleasure to be around. The flowers are eaten in miso soup, and leaves from this plant are edible in a survival situation. The wood does not get attacked by insects so it is perfect for making storage boxes, musical instruments, and furniture. The wood is often used to make lightweight beams and charcoal. USDA Hardiness Zones 5b to 9.