Had a visit from Ribblehead Viaduct engineer Tony Freschini the other day. Yet again he came bearing a small tree for our garden. We already have a Freschini oak and a Freschini acacia tree.
This time he excelled himself with a paulownia, grown from a seed he brought back from one of his frequent trips to family in Italy. This is paulownia:
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Paulownia is amazing. It can grow 14 feet in a year and has truly enormous leaves which can be as large as 3 or 4 feet across! Not only that they have wisteria-like flowers if allowed to become full sized trees:
For garden purposes you cut them back to just 12 inches each autumn. The buds can be vulnerable to frost so we shall try our paulownia freschinii in the sheltered climate inside the tank.