Problem Plant: Princess Tree

Princess Tree (Paulownia tomentosa)    

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Tags: Invades forests, stream banks, and roadsides, Seeds prolifically, Seeds spread by wind, water, and gravity as far as two miles, Seedlings flower within five to seven years, Re-sprouts to survive fire, cutting, and bulldozing, Extremely rapid growth results in splitting and breaking, Causes maintenance problems along utility rights-of-way, Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), Serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana), Shade tree with showy flowers