An Outstanding Shade Tree in Just THREE YEARS!
Paulownia "Orienta" is a very fast growing ornamental tree. It can grow up to 15 feet in the first year....
The tree is perfect for the beautification of residential properties, and makes great borders around yards. The tree is deciduous, this means it drops it's leaves in Fall allowing sunlight to gardens and yards when it's most needed.
In the very early part of Spring, the trees produce a brilliant display of mauve-white blossom in racemes that look like masses of cascading orchids. Please note the trees do not generally produce flowers until year 3.
The blossoms last 2-4 weeks then the tree re-foliates with it's enormous lush and exotic leaves creating a luxuriant, cool Summer shade. The leaves can grow up to 36" in diameter in the first 2 years and look just like elephant ears.
"Orienta" will definitely enhance the beauty of any yard with flowers that will perfume a garden with a delicate fragrance. A definite paradise for birds and gardeners alike.
Paulownia "Orienta" prefers well drained sites with full sunlight. They will not tolerate wet land or shaded conditions.
Dig a large hole 18"x18"x2' deep, mix a little sand with the soil along with organic fertilizer, (compost, animal dung or chicken litter), partially fill hole, place plant in hole with the top of the root ball approximately 2" below the ground level. Pack the mixed soil firmly around the plant. Water in with 2 gallons of 1/2 strength liquid fertilizer. (Peters 20-20-20 or Miracle Grow) Water at least twice a week for the first 8 weeks if there is insufficient rainfall.
Use liquid fertilizer once a month for the first growing season.
Keep the trees to a single, main stem. Prune off lower leaves and remove all suckers. Always maintain 10-12 main leaves. DO NOT over prune. As the tree gains height over the first 1 - 2 years, prune it up to where the desired canopy should start. How to prune Paulownia.
Fertilize each year with granular slow release 10-10-10 or similar, approximately 18" - 24" out from the tree trunk. If leaves discolor, fertilize more regularly.