Paulownia kawakamii

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Paulownia kawakamii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Paulowniaceae
Genus: Paulownia
Species: P. kawakamii
Binomial name
Paulownia kawakamii

Paulownia kawakamii, commonly known as the Sapphire dragon tree,[1] is a tree species in the Paulowniaceae family.

The tree is native to Taiwan, eastern China, and Japan. It is deciduous and bears many large violet flowers in early spring before the leaves appear.

Flowers of Paulownia kawakamii

Paulownia kawakamii is an IUCN Red List critically endangered plant species, that is threatened by habitat loss from habitat destruction in its native range.[2][3]


Paulownia kawakamii is cultivated by plant nurseries, for use as an ornamental tree. In Southern California it is reported to be deep-rooted, and generally does not lift adjacent pavement.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Begeman, John. "Sapphire Dragon Tree". University of Arizona. Archived from the original on June 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  2. ^ Pan, F.J. 1998. IUCN Red List: Paulownia kawakamii . Downloaded—23 August 2007.
  3. ^ IUCN Red List of all Threatened Species.
  4. ^ San Marcos Growers: Paulownia kawakamii (Sapphire dragon tree)