Paulownia Elongata is part of the Paulowniaceae family of trees and is native to Asia.
Juvenile plants produce very large leaves up to 60cm across.
If left to mature, these East Asian trees can become grand specimens, between 10m and 30m tall.
The species will tolerate a very wide range of environmental conditions. It does not grow at higher altitudes however.
Paulownia Elongata is cultivated as an ornamental tree for use in gardens and parks. They produce flowers that resemble those of a foxglove in shades between white and purple. They have large, heart-shaped leaves up to 30cm across that are often downy or hairy. The tree is shade tolerant.
The tree is also planted and grown for biomass production. Due to the large quantity of biomass produced annually, it is also suited for use as biofuel feedstock.
Paulownia Elongata planted as a forestry tree produces strong, yet light, wood. It is grown for timber in China, North America and Europe.
They can grow up to 15 feet (4.6 meters) or more in the first year. It is reputed to be the fastest growing hardwood tree. Paulownia Elongata plantations can reach a harvestable size in five to seven years.