Paulownia fortunei (Seem.) Hemsley

Ba fa po tung

Tree to 20 m tall, branching, often monopodial when young. Bark smooth, greybrown. Leaves entire, broad-ovate, 14-25 cm long, 7-17 cm wide, pubescent below with stellate hairs; apex acuminate. Young shoots pubescent. Flowers appear before the leaves, in cymes pedicellate on the panicle branches. Calyx lobes straight, shorter than the tube. Corolla 8-10 cm long, white, sometimes lilac-shaded, large purple spots inside tube; tube almost straight, longer than lobes. Capsule narrow-ovoid, 6-8 cm long.

S and C China

[P. mikado Ito]

P. _australis Hu S.Y. and P. _taiwaniana Zhu Z.H. are natural hybrids with P. kawakamii; they differ in their blue-violet flowers and smaller capsules.

Source of timber; shelter tree.

White, foxglove-like flowers with purple spots; large fruits.

SPECIMENS SA: Adelaide (Mt Lofty Bot. Garden).VIC: Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds).

Source: Cooke, D.; Cooke, Y.L. (2002). Paulownia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Paulowniaceae
genus        Paulownia Siebold & Zucc.