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Paulownia tomentosa



Paulownia tomentosa (paulownia)


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  • Invasive Species
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Paulownia tomentosa
  • Preferred Common Name
  • paulownia
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Summary of Invasiveness
  • P. tomentosa is a showy, aggressive ornamental introduced from East Asia. It is also grown in plantations for timber production, but has tended to escape and invade, growing rapidly in disturbed areas including...

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High yielding superior clonal P. tomentosa plantation.
CaptionHigh yielding superior clonal P. tomentosa plantation.
CopyrightCong Peihua
High yielding superior clonal P. tomentosa plantation.
PlantationHigh yielding superior clonal P. tomentosa plantation.Cong Peihua
CopyrightCong Peihua
IntercroppingCong Peihua
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AvenueCong Peihua
TitleFoliage and ornamental flowers
CopyrightCong Peihua
Foliage and ornamental flowersCong Peihua
TitleFoliage and seed
Copyright©K.M. Siddiqui
Foliage and seed©K.M. Siddiqui
Flowers on wild trees of P. tomentosa in a gully, Shandong Province, China
CaptionFlowers on wild trees of P. tomentosa in a gully, Shandong Province, China
Copyright©A.R. Pittaway
Flowers on wild trees of P. tomentosa in a gully, Shandong Province, China
FlowersFlowers on wild trees of P. tomentosa in a gully, Shandong Province, China©A.R. Pittaway


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Steud.

Preferred Common Name

  • paulownia


  • Paulownia tomentosa f. pallida Rehd.
  • Paulownia tomentosa var. lanata (Dode) Schneid.
  • Paulownia tomentosa var. lucida Z. X. Chang & S. L. Shi
  • Paulownia tomentosa var. tomentosa
  • Paulownia tomentosa var. tsinlingensis (Pai) Gong Tong

Other Scientific Names

  • Bignonia tomentosa Thunb.
  • Incarvillea tomentosa (Thunb.) Spreng.
  • Paulownia grandifolia Hort. ex Wettst.
  • Paulownia imperialis Siebold & Zucc.
  • Paulownia recurva Rehd.
  • Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Siebold & Zucc. ex Steud.

International Common Names

  • English: Chinese empress tree; empress tree; empress-tree; foxglove tree; karri tree; karritree; princess tree; princess-tree; royal paulownia
  • French: arbré d'anna paulownia; paulownia imperial; paulownia tomenteux
  • Chinese: mao pao tong; maopaotong; ribenpaotong; rongmaopaotong; zihuapaotong; zitong

Local Common Names

  • Brazil: paulovnia-real; quirí
  • Germany: Blauglockenbaum; Chinesischer Blauglockenbaum; Filziger Blauglockenbaum; Kaiser Paulownia; Kaiser- Paulownie; Paulownie
  • Italy: paulovia; paulownia
  • Japan: kiri
  • Netherlands: Anna-paulownaboom

EPPO code

  • PAZTO (Paulownia tomentosa)

Summary of Invasiveness

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P. tomentosa is a showy, aggressive ornamental introduced from East Asia. It is also grown in plantations for timber production, but has tended to escape and invade, growing rapidly in disturbed areas including habitats for rare plants. It seeds profusely and resprouts from roots and stumps forming monocultures, and is proving to be a problem weed in eastern USA. It continues to be promoted, however, in North America and elsewhere, and it is possible that it could prove invasive in Europe where it continues to be introduced and planted.

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Scrophulariales
  •                         Family: Scrophulariaceae
  •                             Genus: Paulownia
  •                                 Species: Paulownia tomentosa

Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature

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The East Asian genus Paulownia is a member of the family Scrophulariaceae. The latest revision of the genus is half a century old, (Hu, 1959), and with recent discoveries in China, the total number of species is considered to be seven. P. tomentosa is an important species within this genus, and the varieties var. tsinlinggensis, var. lucida and var. lanata, and the forma pallida, are widely cultivated. Hybrids have also been bred and/or selected, some named. It is commonly known as the princess tree, royal paulownia or empress tree, reflecting its beauty as an ornamental.


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P. tomentosa is a large deciduous tree with an umbrella-shaped crown and grows to 10-18 m tall with a diameter at breast height of at least 1 m. Its bark is smooth and pale yellow to brown with numerous large lenticels when young, becoming rough and grey-brown with age, often with interlaced smooth areas that are often shiny. Olive brown to dark brown twigs are stout and brittle, mostly glabrous except at the tip, around buds and along upper edges of leaf scars, lenticels pale, prominent, and elongated longitudinally. Deciduous leaves are opposite, acuminate, cordate or broadly ovate, 20-30(-40) cm long, (10-)15-30 cm wide when mature, though leaves of stump sprouts may be twice as large, acute or obtuse, base cordate, margins entire or shallowly 3-5 lobed, sometimes toothed on small plants, pubescent and dull, light-green above, undersurfaces pale-green and tomentose. Terminal bud absent, axillary buds sunken in bark, winter buds with several outer scales, superposed. Cymes penduncled, the penduncles as long or longer than the pedicels, growing on the main axis and branches of paniculate inflorescences 40-60 cm long, though SE-EPPC (2003) observed the blossoms in much smaller upright clusters only 15-30 cm long and borne at the ends of stout, hairy twigs. Calyx deeply lobed, the lobes as long or longer than the tube. Flowers perfect, fragrant, showy, corolla 8-10 cm long, purple, tubular (or bell-shaped, SE-EPPC, 2003), pale violet with yellow stripes inside, with 5 shallow, rounded, unequal lobes. Brown fruit, ovoid, pointed, woody capsules 2.5-4 cm long borne in terminal clusters, with 2 carpels and numerous (up to 2000) tiny winged seeds attached to the 2 very large placentas. Seeds, tiny, winged, flat, 1.5 mm long.

Plant Type

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Seed propagated
Vegetatively propagated


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P. tomentosa is native to China, and is widely distributed in central and northern regions, especially Shaanxi, Shanxi, Gansu, Henan, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui, Hubei, Jiangsu, and the Liaoning peninsula. It occurs in Japan and South Korea, but some Japanese taxonomists believe that these are naturalized populations resulting from past introduction and cultivation of this species in these countries, though Japan is accepted here as part of the native range (USDA-ARS, 2008). Within P. tomentosa, the three varieties have distinct distributions. P. tomentosa var. lucida occurs mainly in northern China, var. lanata in the northern Yangtse River region and var. tsinlingensis in central and southwestern China (Jiang, 1988).

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasivePlantedReferenceNotes


ChinaPresentNative Not invasive Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008Exact native range in China unclear due to extensive cultivation
-AnhuiPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-FujianPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-GansuPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-GuangdongPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-GuangxiPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-GuizhouPresent Not invasive Natural Chen et al., 1995
-HebeiPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-HenanPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-HubeiPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-HunanPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-JiangsuPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-JiangxiPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-LiaoningPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-ShaanxiPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-ShandongPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-ShanxiPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-SichuanPresentNative Not invasive Natural Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2007; USDA-ARS, 2008
-YunnanPresent Not invasive Natural Chen et al., 1995
-ZhejiangPresent Natural CABI, 2005
IndiaPresentIntroduced Not invasive Verma et al., 2005
-Himachal PradeshPresentIntroduced Not invasive Verma et al., 2005
JapanPresentNative Not invasive USDA-ARS, 2008
-HokkaidoPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-HonshuPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-KyushuPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-Ryukyu ArchipelagoPresent Natural CABI, 2005
-ShikokuPresent Natural CABI, 2005
Korea, DPRPresent Not invasive Natural Yoo and Jung, 1997
Korea, Republic ofPresent Not invasive Natural Yoo and Jung, 1997
PakistanPresentIntroduced Not invasive Planted Siddiqui and Khan, 1989; Bajwa and Gul, 2000
TaiwanPresentIntroduced Not invasive Natural Hu, 1959
TurkeyPresentIntroduced Not invasive Boydak, 2000

North America

USALocalisedIntroduced Invasive PIER, 2008; USDA-NRCS, 2008
-AlabamaPresentIntroduced Planted USDA-NRCS, 2008
-AlaskaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-ArizonaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-ArkansasPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-ConnecticutPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-DelawarePresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-FloridaPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-GeorgiaPresentIntroduced Invasive Planted Haysom and Murphy, 2003; USDA-NRCS, 2008
-IllinoisPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-IndianaPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-KansasPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-KentuckyPresentIntroduced Invasive Haysom and Murphy, 2003; USDA-NRCS, 2008
-LouisianaPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-MarylandPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-MassachusettsPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-MinnesotaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-MississippiPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-MissouriPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-New JerseyPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-New YorkPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-North CarolinaPresentIntroduced Planted USDA-NRCS, 2008
-North DakotaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-OhioPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-OklahomaPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-OregonPresentIntroduced Invasive Haysom and Murphy, 2003
-PennsylvaniaPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-Rhode IslandPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008
-South CarolinaPresentIntroduced Planted USDA-NRCS, 2008
-South DakotaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-TennesseePresentIntroduced Invasive Planted Haysom and Murphy, 2003; USDA-NRCS, 2008
-TexasPresentIntroduced Planted USDA-NRCS, 2008
-VirginiaPresentIntroduced Planted USDA-NRCS, 2008
-West VirginiaPresentIntroducedUSDA-NRCS, 2008

South America

ArgentinaPresentIntroduced1950s Not invasive Planted Jiang, 1988; Missouri Botanical Garden, 2008
BrazilPresentIntroduced1950s Not invasive Planted Jiang, 1988
GuyanaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
ParaguayPresentIntroduced1950s Not invasive Planted Jiang, 1988


AustriaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
BelgiumPresent Planted CABI, 2005
CroatiaPresentIntroducedIdzojtic and Zebec, 2006"Potentially dangerous"
FrancePresentIntroduced Not invasive Planted Jeanmonod and Schlüssel, 2006Corsica, subspontaneous
-CorsicaPresentIntroduced Not invasive Jeanmonod and Schlüssel, 2006Subspontaneus
GermanyPresent Planted CABI, 2005
HungaryUnconfirmed recordCABI, 2005
ItalyPresentIntroduced Not invasive Planted Gridelli et al., 2002; Mezzalira and Colonna, 2002Plantations in northern Italy
SwitzerlandPresent, few occurrencesIntroduced Not invasive Horisberger, 1997Single tree
UKPresent Planted CABI, 2005


AustraliaLocalisedIntroduced1950s Not invasive Jiang, 1988; PIER, 2008
-New South WalesPresent, few occurrencesIntroduced Not invasive Planted Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 2008
-QueenslandPresentIntroduced Not invasive Planted Batianoff and Butler, 2002; PIER, 2008; Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 2008
-South AustraliaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-TasmaniaPresent Planted CABI, 2005
-VictoriaPresent, few occurrencesIntroduced Not invasive Planted Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, 2008
New ZealandPresentIntroduced Invasive Planted PIER, 2008

History of Introduction and Spread

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In the past, P. tomentosa has been introduced as an ornamental in many European countries and in the USA. It was brought to Europe in the 1830s by the Dutch East India Company, and taken to North America a few years later, and has been naturalized in the eastern USA and is also grown on the west coast (SE-EPPC, 2003). P. tomentosa is regarded by many as an invasive species in parts of eastern USA, but Williams (1993) noted that “Unlike many exotic woody plants naturalized in forests of the eastern United States, P. tomentosa is non-invasive and functions much as it does in the mesophytic forests of eastern Asia, producing small, scattered populations that arise chiefly as a result of large-scale disturbance”, observing that in a streamside forest in Virginia, USA, P. tomentosa trees were 6-30 years old (mean 17) with strong peaks in the 18 and 20 year age classes demonstrating episodic establishment in the early 1970s following Hurricane Camille.

The tree was introduced to the parks of central and southern Europe in 1830 as an ornamental, with widespread plantation establishment for timber in Italy after 1989, and as windbreaks in the Mediterranean (Mezzalira and Colonna, 2002). Since the 1950s it has been gradually introduced to Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Australia, and is used mainly for timber production (Jiang, 1988).

Risk of Introduction

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P. tomentosa is on invasive species lists for the states of Connecticut and Tennessee, USA (USDA-NRCS, 2008) and is showing invasive characteristics elsewhere. It has also failed risk assessments for Australia and the Pacific (PIER, 2008). It may become invasive where already introduced in Europe and South America, but noting its value as a fast-growing plantation timber and ornamental species, it is highly likely that it will be further introduced elsewhere, where it could also become invasive.


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P. tomentosa naturally occurs in deciduous and mixed forests, and to a lesser extent in secondary forest. Where introduced, it is becoming common on roadsides, clearings, forest margins, cliffs, steep rocky slopes, riverbanks and disturbed habitats including fire sites and forests defoliated by pests such as gypsy moths, and landslides (Remaley, 1998; SE-EPPC, 2003; PIER, 2008). It may also be occasionally near gardens or in pavement cracks or similar places. It can invade rapidly after disturbances such as fire, construction or floods, and its ability to resprout prolifically allows it to survive fire, cutting, and even bulldozing on building sites. It tolerates high soil acidity, drought, and low soil fertility, but prefers full sunlight, ample soil moisture and fertile soil.

Habitat List

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Terrestrial – ManagedDisturbed areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Rail / roadsides Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Urban / peri-urban areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Terrestrial ‑ Natural / Semi-naturalNatural forests Present, no further details Natural
Riverbanks Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Rocky areas / lava flows Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Scrub / shrublands Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)
Coastal areas Present, no further details Harmful (pest or invasive)

Biology and Ecology

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Many provenance trials have been conducted in the main growing areas of P. tomentosa in China, with superior provenances identified and plus trees propagated and planted in large-scale plantations. Further provenance trials are being conducted to identify Paulownia witches' broom (PWB) resistance or frost tolerance, and three research institutes are involved, Beijing Research Institute, National Paulownia Research Institute, and Henan Agricultural University, with several germplasm banks established (Jiang et al., 1981; Xiong et al., 1994). It is known to hybridise with P. fortunei in Beijing, China (Kumar et al., 1999), and a hybrid has been selected for improved growth and wind resistance (Ni and Shi, 1998).
Reproductive Biology
P. tomentosa can reproduce from seed or from root sprouts; the latter can grow to over 5m (15 ft) in a single season. The root branches are shallow and horizontal without a strong taproot. Seed-forming pollen is fully developed before the onset of winter, and in spring the flowers are pollinated by insects, seeds germinating within a few days on suitable substrate; seedlings grow quickly and flowering in 8-10 years (Remaley, 1998; SE-EPPC, 2003). The perfect flowers are borne in terminal panicles up to 25 cm long in April and May before leaves emerge, woody capsules 3-5 cm long turning brown as they mature in September or October and persist on the tree through the winter. Trees start bearing fruit after 8-10 years and are very prolific, each capsule containing up to 2000 seeds and a large tree may produce as many as 20 million seeds a year. The tiny, flat, winged seeds weigh about 0.17 mg and as the capsules break open on the trees throughout the winter and into spring, wind dissemination occurs easily (Bonner, 1990). Substantial long-term seed banks do form within temperate forest gaps and patterns of above-ground vegetation can have substantial effects on their dynamics (Hyatt and Casper, 2000).
Physiology and Phenology
P. tomentosa is a strongly light-demanding species which readily colonizes exposed fertile soil, and tolerates drought, wind and weeds, and has an ability to sucker; regenerate rapidly, and self-prune. In central China, plantations of P. tomentosa are intensively managed, with trees reaching a mean height of 15 m and a mean diameter of 30 cm in 10 years (Li and Wang, 1987).
Seeds are not dormant but light is required for germination, which is epigeal and can occur quickly and they grow rapidly when conditions are favourable. Like most pioneer species, P. tomentosa needs bare soil, sufficient moisture, and direct sunlight for good seedling establishment, and seedlings are very intolerant of shade. On good sites P. tomentosa grows rapidly, plantations at 3000-7000 trees/ha can yield saw logs in 15 years, and heights of 13 m in 11 years have been reported in Russia, but on poor sites such as surface mine spoils, growth is considerably slower, though its ability to survive and reproduce on harsh sites has made it a favourite for revegetation (Bonner, 1990). Although resprouting ability is dependent upon belowground biomass, P. tomentosa seedlings can resprout at an early age, even in low light. This ability may allow the species to become established even in areas of high herbivore density (Longbrake and McCarthy, 2001). Roots sprout easily.
Environmental Requirements
P. tomentosa is found in a wide range of temperate semi-humid or semi-arid sites, with an altitude range up to 3000 m. It is the hardiest species of the genus and is fairly frost resistant with some provenances tolerating a minimum temperature of -18°C, however seedlings and young trees are more susceptible to frost damage (Zhu et al., 1986). In China, the natural range extends south of the 0°C January isotherm in areas which receive an annual rainfall of at least 1020 mm. P. tomentosa tolerates a maximum temperature of 40°C, but generally prefers milder areas in subtropical and temperate climates with an optimum annual temperature of 24-29°C and an annual rainfall of approximately 1000 mm though tolerating mean annual rainfall of 500-2500 mm. Such subtropical and temperate climates are found in the Yellow River and Yangtse River ranges in China, and in central and northern China growth of P. tomentosa is particularly favoured by the long dry season. A modified description of climatic requirements (see climatic data table of this data sheet) was prepared by CSIRO (see Booth and Jovanovic, 2000).

P. tomentosa is grown on a diversity of soil types with a pH range 5-8.5 (Zhu et al., 1986), preferring moist, freely drained sands, loams or clays on steep slopes or open valleys, and only rarely on saline and alkaline soils. However, fertile farmland is necessary for high-production plantations.


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A - Tropical/Megathermal climate Tolerated Average temp. of coolest month > 18°C, > 1500mm precipitation annually
As - Tropical savanna climate with dry summer Tolerated < 60mm precipitation driest month (in summer) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
Aw - Tropical wet and dry savanna climate Tolerated < 60mm precipitation driest month (in winter) and < (100 - [total annual precipitation{mm}/25])
B - Dry (arid and semi-arid) Tolerated < 860mm precipitation annually
BS - Steppe climate Tolerated > 430mm and < 860mm annual precipitation
BW - Desert climate Tolerated < 430mm annual precipitation
C - Temperate/Mesothermal climate Preferred Average temp. of coldest month > 0°C and < 18°C, mean warmest month > 10°C
Cf - Warm temperate climate, wet all year Preferred Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, wet all year
Cs - Warm temperate climate with dry summer Preferred Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry summers
Cw - Warm temperate climate with dry winter Preferred Warm temperate climate with dry winter (Warm average temp. > 10°C, Cold average temp. > 0°C, dry winters)

Latitude/Altitude Ranges

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Latitude North (°N)Latitude South (°S)Altitude Lower (m)Altitude Upper (m)
40 28 3 3000

Air Temperature

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Parameter Lower limit Upper limit
Absolute minimum temperature (ºC) >-18
Mean annual temperature (ºC) 14 20
Mean maximum temperature of hottest month (ºC) 26 33
Mean minimum temperature of coldest month (ºC) -10 10


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ParameterLower limitUpper limitDescription
Dry season duration39number of consecutive months with <40 mm rainfall
Mean annual rainfall5002500mm; lower/upper limits

Rainfall Regime

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Soil Tolerances

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Soil drainage

  • free

Soil reaction

  • acid
  • neutral

Soil texture

  • light
  • medium

Special soil tolerances

  • infertile
  • shallow

Notes on Natural Enemies

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The main pest found on P. tomentosa in China is the defoliator Eumeta variegata (syn. Clania variegate) which develops one generation in northern China and two generations in the south, with seedling stock the major source of spread (Yang and Li, 1982; Yang et al., 1975). Paulownia witches' broom (PWB) is the main disease found in P. tomentosa plantations, caused by a phytoplasma identified by distinctive yellow broom-like shoots which die back in the autumn. In its native range it is spread by Halymorpha picus and infected nursery stock, though seeds from infected trees grow disease-free. It is commonly found in seedlings and young trees (3-6 years old) which can greatly reduce growth; and it may also occur in adult trees but has little effect. Anthracnose disease is a another major disease in saplings, which injures leaves, petolies and shoots and causes early leaf drop. P. tomentosa also suffers damping-off disease caused by Rhizoctinia solani and Fusarium spp. (Zhu et al., 1986). Other diseases include the nematode Meloidogyne marioni which infects seedling roots leading to mortality, and the fungus Sphaceloma tsugii which commonly damages seedling shoots and causes dieback. Zheng et al. (2006) report that at least 10 species of fungi infect Paulownia spp., of which eight can live on P. tomentosa, and four of these, Ascochyta paulowniae, Gloeosporium kawakamii, Mycosphaerella corylea and Phyllactinia paulowniae appear to be host specific, and 113 insects in 39 families within 7 orders associated with Paulownia, of which all are listed along with their host-specificity.
No major insect pests are known for P. tomentosa in the USA, though minor damage from several foliage diseases has been reported including Phyllosticta paulowniae, Phyllactinia guttata and Uncinula clintonii (Bonner, 1990), and polyphagous pests such as Mylabris pustulata and Helicoverpa armigera (Verma et al., 2005).

In Peshawar, Pakistan, five Paulownia spp. including P. tomentosa, were attacked by fourteen insect species: Agrotis ypsilon [Agrotis ipsilon] (Noctuidae) Aleuroplatus pectiniferus (Aleyrodidae), Catopsilia crocale [Catopsilia pomona form crocale] (Pieridae), Cyrtopeltis tenuis (Miridae) Drosicha stebbingii (Margarodidae), Heliothis armigera [Helicoverpa armigera] (Noctuidae), Heliothis peltigera (Noctuidae), Lymantria sp. (Lymantriidae), Myzus persicae (Aphididae), Odontotermes obesus (Termitidae), Plusia orichalcea [Thysanoplusia orichalcea] (Noctuidae), P. nigrisigna [Autographa nigrisigna] (Noctuidae), Phycodes radiata (Glyphipterygidae) and Precis orithya (Nymphalidae), and among these, D. stebbingii appeared in epidemic form on P. tomentosa and P. fortunei (Bajwa and Gul, 2000). Mehrotra (1997) also records many diseases of Paulownia from India and their management.

Means of Movement and Dispersal

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Natural Dispersal (Non-Biotic)
One tree is capable of producing twenty million seeds that are easily transported in water or wind (SE-EPPC, 2003). However, being so small and light and winged, wind appears to be the principal means of dispersal.
Intentional Introduction

The only means for long-distance dispersal has been due to intentional introduction as an ornamental and forestry species.

Pathway Causes

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Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Water Yes SE-EPPC, 2003
Wind Yes SE-EPPC, 2003

Impact Summary

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Economic/livelihood Positive
Environment (generally) Negative


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Economic Impact

P. tomentosa is one of the most important trees in China, being fast-growing with high-quality wood, with over one billion trees in plantations producing about 3 million cubic metres of timber annually worth over US$55 million, used in furniture, decorative products and musical instruments. P. tomentosa is also suitable for use in agroforestry systems in temperate sub-humid areas, though a disadvantage is that it grows well only on fertile land. More research is needed in order to improve wood properties and stress tolerance, and increase its use in plantations.
Social Impact

P. tomentosa
is native to western and central China where historical records describe its medicinal, ornamental and timber uses as early as 300 BC, and it has been cultivated for many centuries in Japan where it is valued in many traditions (SE-EPPC, 2003). On a negative side, trees cause maintenance problems on roadsides, paths and in gardens (PIER, 2008).
Environmental Impact

P. tomentosa
can colonize rocky cliffs and scoured riparian zones where it may compete with rare plants in such marginal habitats.

Risk and Impact Factors

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  • Proved invasive outside its native range
  • Has a broad native range
  • Highly adaptable to different environments
  • Tolerates, or benefits from, cultivation, browsing pressure, mutilation, fire etc
  • Pioneering in disturbed areas
  • Highly mobile locally
  • Long lived
  • Fast growing
  • Has high reproductive potential
  • Reproduces asexually
  • Has high genetic variability
Impact outcomes
  • Ecosystem change/ habitat alteration
  • Increases vulnerability to invasions
  • Modification of successional patterns
  • Monoculture formation
  • Reduced native biodiversity
  • Threat to/ loss of native species
Impact mechanisms
  • Competition - monopolizing resources
  • Competition - shading
  • Interaction with other invasive species
  • Rapid growth
Likelihood of entry/control
  • Highly likely to be transported internationally deliberately
  • Difficult/costly to control


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P. tomentosa has a sparse crown and a deep, widely-distributed root system and high adaptability, and is such suitable for use in agroforestry and afforestation. In temperate zones, P. tomentosa is suitable for intercropping with wheat, oilseed rape and sweet potato (Jiang, 1988), and in the sub-tropics it may be intercropped with tea and bamboo. It can also be used for windbreaks on farmlands, roadsides or canal-banks. In some European countries, P. tomentosa is cultivated as an ornamental due to its beautiful flowers, and is found in arboreta, botanical gardens and parks. P. tomentosa is also believed to reduce sulphur dioxide pollution and grows in environments where other trees may suffer leaf loss (Zhu et al., 1986).

P. tomentosa wood is light (250-360 kg/cubic metre) with straight grain and low shrinkage, is easy to plane, saw and carve without splitting or warping, though its nail-holding ability and resistance to fire and decay is low. It is used for furniture, particularly smoke-proof cupboards resistant to insect attack, and being relatively light, it is used for model airplanes and gliders, and interior panels on airplanes, vehicles and ships. The soundboards of some Chinese musical instruments are made from P. tomentosa wood due to its good resonance properties as are traditional musical instruments in Korea (
Yoo and Jung, 1997). The wood is also used for oil drums, wine and beer barrels, tea boxes, fruit boxes, grain storage containers, traditional handicrafts, ornaments, agricultural tools, and especially beehives which maintain suitable temperatures resulting in increased honey production (Zhu et al., 1986). In recent years, P. tomentosa has been used for plywood and particleboard manufacture, and for kitchen utensils such as wooden bowls, plates and rice steamers (Zhu, 1980).

The flowers and leaves are traditionally used as fodder for pigs, goats and rabbits in Sichuan and Hebei (Zhu et al., 1986), flowers containing 3-4% glucose and 9% soluble sugars; leaves containing over 4% glucose and soluble sugars. Leaves, containing over 3% nitrogen, are also used as a green manure in rural areas. P. tomentosa has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat bronchitis, coughs, asthma and high blood pressure, and flowers, leaves and bark are effective in treating chronic tracheitis. Many of the uses are dealt with in papers promoted the multipurpose nature of the tree, such as “Can Paulownia species be miracle trees?” (Boydak, 2000).

Uses List

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  • Agroforestry
  • Erosion control or dune stabilization
  • Land reclamation
  • Ornamental
  • Revegetation
  • Shade and shelter
  • Soil conservation
  • Windbreak


  • Fuelwood


  • Ornamental


  • Fibre
  • Wood/timber

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Source of medicine/pharmaceutical

Wood Products

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  • Boxes
  • Cases
  • Cooperage
  • Crates
  • Pallets
  • Tanks
  • Vats


  • Short-fibre pulp


  • Building poles
  • Piles
  • Pit props
  • Posts
  • Roundwood structures
  • Stakes
  • Transmission poles

Sawn or hewn building timbers

  • Carpentry/joinery (exterior/interior)
  • Exterior fittings
  • Fences
  • Flooring
  • For light construction
  • Gates
  • Wall panelling

Wood-based materials

  • Fibreboard
  • Flakeboard
  • Improved wood
  • Laminated strand lumber
  • Laminated veneer lumber
  • Laminated wood
  • Medium density fibreboard
  • Oriented strand lumber
  • Oriented strandboard
  • Parallel strand lumber
  • Particleboard
  • Plywood
  • Waferboard
  • Wood cement


  • Industrial and domestic woodware
  • Musical instruments
  • Sports equipment
  • Tool handles

Similarities to Other Species/Conditions

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P. tomentosa resembles the USA native catalpa tree, Catalpa speciosa in size, leaf and flower structure but can be differentiated easily by having small round capsules in clusters and not long thin pods as in catalpa, having hollowed or chambered pith and not solid as in catalpa, and leaves are not whorled and have a less elongated tip with catalpa leaves whorled and more distinctly pointed at the tip (SE-EPPC, 2003).


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