Paulownia tomentosa or imperialis (Foxglove tree)
Paulownia tomentosa produces its fragrant pink-blue foxglove like flowers before it comes into leaf like Halesia Carolina and looks very exotic to British eyes. Foxglove trees are startlingly fast growing and have large attractive leaves similar to Catalpa bignonioides which mean it needs a sheltered position. Although common in some parts of America and Japan where the climate really suits it, it is still pretty rare in the UK. A lovely specimen tree, the Foxglove Tree is very tolerant of urban situations. Loved by bumblebees and winner of an RHS AGM.
Soil type: Most fertile well drained soils
Supplier : R.V.Roger
Foxglove Trees are supplied bare root, and is consequently only available from October to April.
We donate half of our profit on sales of Paulownia tomentosa, the Foxglove Tree, to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust