It is the time of the year that our resident female monarch (Paulownia tomentosa) is showing off her collection of fancy gowns and fine jewelry. If you head back a young specimen to ground (stooling) every winter, you will never get the jewelry(flowers), but you will be rewarded with gigantic tropical-looking leaves about two feet across on next year’s new shoots.
Coincidentally, Paulownia is the only wood of choice for making the traditional Chinese zither, or Guzheng (古筝). Here is a short Youtube video of a Chinese maestro playing a favorite piece: The Fishermen’s Evening Song (渔舟唱晚).
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Is this tree allergenic? The flowers are beautiful, but i wonder if it’ll be a good idea to plant one in my front yard?
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