Princess Tree: 2

June 22nd, 2008 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

pblossom.jpgI had time to visit the princess trees (Paulownia Tomentosa) again this afternoon. The original on this funky Asian delight is here. My uxorial unit and a mutual friend had stumbled under a few more and gotten caressed by lavender blossoms on the way.

So here are the flowers and a slightly annotated map. The blossoms are blue or lilac, often high in a mature tree. They are bell-shaped and hang down like foxglove. There are hundreds of them in a tree. They tend to fall in large numbers.

There seem to be about a half dozen of these trees in the Arnold Arboretum. They don’t rate a listing on the interactive map.  However, for your ambling and gawking pleasure, look at the purple Ps on this version. There’s one on the gravel walkway between the Forest Hills Station and the South Street Gate, two on a dirt path East off Beech Path, and three up the hill South from the middle of the lilacs. Check in mid to late May (around Lilac Sunday) for the profusion of blossoms.paulownia.jpg


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