Paulownia elongata

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Paulownia elongata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Paulowniaceae
Genus: Paulownia
Species: P. elongata
Binomial name
Paulownia elongata

Paulownia elongata is a tree species in the Paulowniaceae family, native to Asia.

The plant's leaves are very large and pubescent ('fuzzy—hairy'). This species can withstand a very wide range of environmental conditions. It does not grow at higher altitudes however.

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Cultivation[edit]

  • Paulownia elongata is cultivated as an ornamental tree for use in gardens and parks. It is selected for its purple flowers, and its shade tolerance.

Biofuel[edit]

  • The tree is planted and grown as feedstock for biofuel production. Due to the large quantity of biomass produced annually, it is suited for use as biofuel feedstock.

Lumber[edit]

Paulownia elongata is planted as a forestry tree producing strong, yet light, wood. It is grown for lumber in North America and China.

Commercial plantations are normally established from selected clones resulting from micropropagation [1]

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[citation needed]. Some proponents claim that P. elongata plantations can reach a harvestable size in five to seven years[citation needed].

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