In a Nutshell:
* Paulownia kawakamii an IUCN Red List critically endangered plant species, that is threatened by habitat loss from habitat destruction in its native range.
* Paulownia kawakamii is cultivated by plant nurseries, for use as an ornamental tree. In Southern California it is reported to be deep-rooted, and generally does not lift adjacent pavement.
* Paulownia kawakamii, commonly known as the Sapphire dragon tree, is a tree species in the Paulowniaceae family.
The tree is native to Taiwan, eastern China, and Japan. It is deciduous and bears many large violet flowers in early spring before the leaves appear. more...
* Smallest of the Paulownia family and very fitting as an ornamental tree. Reaches full height of 25-30 feet in 3-4 years, with a canopy of 15-20 feet wide. Shaped like a spade, similar in many ways to a Bradford Pear. The main difference is the Kawakamii will last 85 years, more than 3 times the 25 year life of the Bradford Pear.
* P. Kawakamii is not considered an invasive tree and actually is quite the opposite. The P. Kawakamii is on the Critically Endangered list which means it is quite possible it is extinct in nature. As of 1998 there were only 13 mature specimens still alive in the wild.
* The freakishly large leaves, often more than 2 feet across, of the first and second year are replaced with smaller and smaller leaves in subsequent years until maturity they will be about 8” long and 4” wide. Buds set on the branch ends in October and are carried thru the spring when they open in late march to display a violet bell shaped flower with yellow throat and black speckles, and an almost vanilla almond fragrance wafts down especially at dusk. more...