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Owen Johnson (2022)
Johnson, O. (2022), 'Paulownia ORIENTA®' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
A vigorous tree, capable of growing 4.5 m in a year, with exceptionally large leaves. Flowers pale pink flushed purple, with purple speckling in the throat. (Worldpaulownia.com 2022).
USDA Hardiness Zone 7
RHS Hardiness Rating H5
ORIENTA® is the first complex hybrid Paulownia to be aimed at the American horticultural market, rather than for forestry use (Worldpaulownia.com 2022). In the eastern states, P. tomentosa is increasingly notorious as an invasive weed, and its sale is illegal in Connecticut; sterile hybrids with similar floral characteristics are likely to replace the species for ornamental use.