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Princess Tree

Princess tree - Invasive.orgScientific name: Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Sieb. & Zucc. ex Steud. (ITIS)

Common names: Princess tree, empress tree, royal paulownia

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Native To: China (Longbrake and McCarthy 2001)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1840s (Longbrake and McCarthy 2001)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Innes 2009)

Impact: Grows and produces seeds rapidly, and displaces native species in disturbed areas (Innes 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Council or Task Force

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Princess Tree
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Partnership

Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) - Paulownia tomentosa
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) - Princess tree)
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Princesstree
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas Fact Sheet - Princess Tree
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Texas Invasives Database - Paulownia tomentosa
TexasInvasives.org.

Invasive Species Compendium - Paulownia tomentosa
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Paulownia tomentosa (tree)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Paulownia tomentosa
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Paulownia tomentosa
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Princesstree
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

Paulownia tomentosa: Exotic Tree, Native Problem - Fire Science Brief (Jul 2010; PDF | 649 KB)
Joint Fire Science Program.

State Government

Princess-tree
Alabama Forestry Commission.

Paulownia tomentosa - Invasive Species Leaflet No. 14 (Mar 2010; PDF | 209 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Empress or Princess Tree (PDF | 290 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plants fact sheets (scroll to view) for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

Princess tree (Paulownia tomentosa)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Academic

Invasive Plant Hit List: Paulownia - Kentucky Woodlands Magazine (Dec 2009; PDF | 1.15 MB)
University of Kentucky. Cooperative Extension Service.

Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Princess Tree
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

Invasive Plant Fact Sheet - Empress-tree, Princess-tree (Nov 2011; PDF | 291 KB)
University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Flora Project of Morris Arboretum.
See also: Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive plants in Pennsylvania

Citations

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Paulownia tomentosa. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Innes, R.J. 2009. Paulownia tomentosa. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Longbrake, A.C., and B.C. McCarthy. 2001. Biomass allocation and resprouting ability of princess tree (Paulownia tomentosa: Scrophulariaceae) across a light gradient. American Midland Naturalist 146(2):388-403.

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