ARS Tasmania Newsletter – November December 2020

  • Date: 4th November 2020
  • author: Ken Gillanders


Paulowonia kawakamii Sapphire Dragon

We planted this Paulowonia kawakamii Sapphire Dragon about 7-8 years ago. It started flowering from about 4 years and has improved each year. It is a native of China and is very quick growing and in China is logged after 10 years. The common names of this tree are Empress or Princess tree and Foxglove tree. An interesting feature are the huge leaves produced in juvenile plants The same thing occurs in Rhododendron Sinogrande with leaves up to 60cm long but are about half that on mature specimens. There are other plants that behave in a similar manner - have attached some photos showing this.

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