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Paulownia

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paulownia

(Science: botany) A genus of trees of the order Scrophulariaceae, consisting of one species, Paulownia imperialis.

The tree is native to japan, and has immense heart-shaped leaves, and large purplish flowers in panicles. The capsules contain many little winged seeds, which are beautiful microscopic objects. The tree is hardy in America as far north as Connecticut.

Origin: NL. So named from the Russian princess Anna Pavlovna.