The Rock Wall

Posted July 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

Dwain Witt got an ID on his mystery tree. It’s a Princess Tree that is native to Central China. It’s also called an Empress Tree, a Royal Paulownia or a Paulownia. The information sheet provided by Lana Wilson (found by Stacia Ehlers Whitaker who went to school to learn things like that) says it is a medium sized tree, up to 50 feet tall, with stout spreading branches developed into a flattened or rounded open crown.

The tree flowers in April – May. Its fruit sets on in September persisting through winter.

The tree is also grown on plantations in the South for its valuable wood and planted on strip-mined lands.

The Princess Tree is an aggressive ornamental tree that grows rapidly in disturbed parts of forests, stream banks and steep, rocky slopes. Although

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    The Rock Wall

    In past years, the peak fall color has averaged around Oct. 15, so we have been watching to see what effect the drought has on color this year.

    Monday morning, Oct. 15, I told Kimball that the oak and hickory trees north of our house looked the best I’d seen them. I also said I can never tell when the peak hits until a day or two later.

    I’m thinking today, Tuesday, that Monday was it.

    The sugar maples don’t play by oak rules.

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