• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Paulownia (Bot) A genus of trees of the order Scrophulariaceæ, 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paulownia A genus of ornamental trees of the order Scrophularineæ and the tribe Cheloneæ, characterized by the absence of a sterile stamen, and by a deeply cleft scurfy calyx with five broad and fleshy obtuse valvate lobes. There is but one species, P. imperialis, native of Japan, a large tree, resembling the catalpa in appearance, bearing broadly heart-shaped opposite soft-hairy leaves, and large terminal panicles of showy pale-violet or blue and brown-spotted flowers in early spring. The many large and conspicuous pointed capsules are persistent one or two winters, containing loose in each of their two cells an almond-like thickened placenta, and numerous seeds each with a white delicate lace-like wing. The tree is a favorite in cultivation, especially in Washington, in Paris, and in more southern regions, but is injured by more northern winters.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. So named from the Russian princess Anna Pavlovna,


In literature:

For the purposes of this constant spying upon his household, he made use of a stone bench set in the gravel behind an enormous Paulownia.
"Fromont and Risler, Complete" by Alphonse Daudet
The acacias and paulownias on the ramparts are in full bloom of creamy white and lilac.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
The acacias and paulownias on the ramparts are in full bloom of creamy white and lilac.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Among the trees are found palms and Paulownia in flower.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Are they sitting at the window, looking out at the judas tree and the Paulownia?
"Alas!" by Rhoda Broughton
Gingkos, Paulownias, and weeping trees, which need no gardener's care, also flourish and are of unusual size.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle

In news:

Four large trees known as Paulownia tomentosa mysteriously vanished one night from Inwood Hill Park.
My 4-year-old paulownia tree set its buds for the first time this year.