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I saw this tree / large shrub in a waterfront garden. The leaves are enormous. Any idea what it is? 




  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,483

    Pollarded Paulonia tomentosa

  • Many thanks.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,483

    Mis-spelt should be Paulownia. Sorry.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I had one some years ago and was told that to ensure it had huge dinner plate leaves you needed to cut it down each year, which I did.  Wish I hadn't that looks lovely. Mine died.  I believe they grow happily in Canada even in car parks, so doubt it was the S.Yorks weather. Must have been my cutting it back.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,483

    Well, I have been cutting ours back to 12 inches every year, in February/March, for the last 18 years and it is surviving.

    Unpruned it does make a huge tree.

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