Paulownia Fortunei - Blue Foxglove Tree
Paulownia Fortunei is a native tree to Asia, with large slightly fuzzy leaves. They are known to grow up to 15 feet (4.6 m) or more in the first year. It is reportedly the fastest-growing hardwood tree. At maturity they can reach around 20 meters in as little as 5 or 6 years.
It produces a strong yet light wood, and due to its quick growing nature, is suitable for using in biofuel production.
Paulownia Fortunei grows to a maximum height of around 20 meters flowering in is second or third year, for around 6 weeks in spring, giving stunning displays of purple foxglove shaped flowers, with a deep purple throat. Prefers a well drained soil.
Fully hardy to -15°C and well under.