Q. What is the large tree with lavender flowers seen from the tram route?


The tree you are refering to is Paulownia tomentosa or princess tree.  It is a fast growing native of China that reaches heights of 40 feet or so.  Most impressive is the showy display of flower clusters more than a foot in length covering the tree in late spring.  The flowers are tubular, lavender-pink in color with purple interior spots and cream colored stripes, and have a vanilla-like scent.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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