Monday, April 30, 2007
04.28.07 PURPLE MAGIC
The loudest spring tree is probably the Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) or Princess Tree. This invasive tree grows easily in poor soil everywhere (including cracks in city sidewalks) in our area. Now the big lavender orchid-like blooms call attention to themselves before the appearance of the giant, almost tropical leaves. According to Wikipedia, this tree does indeed have magical properties which will probably become more and more valuable as modern society ravages the landscape, "Paulownia has the ability to reclaim ecologically stressed and degenerate patches of land relatively quickly. Its root systems run deep and penetrate compacted and contaminated soils which have resulted from industrialized development. Paulownia is a phyto-remediator, increasing the organic content of degraded soils, processing and filtering contaminants through the uptake of its vascular system, and emitting oxygen into the atmosphere."