Princess

April 29, 2014  •  2 Comments

This waterfall is part of Twin Falls in Rock Island State Park, north of McMinnville, Tennessee.

The tree with the purple flowers to the left of the water is a Princess or Empress Tree, brought to the US in the 1830's. The tree looks similar to Wisteria with upward growing blooms, but is an invasive exotic tree. This tree, grown throughout the south on large antebellum estates, can have enormous leaves and numerous seed pods. With more than 85,000 seeds per ounce, one tree may have more than ten million seeds!

It is astonishing where one can find this tree growing, such as along the highway in rocky cliffs, or as above, hanging over a waterfall. It has escaped the gardens and grows in challenging situations. Life among the rocks!

 


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Ty Thornburg(non-registered)
I have always referred to these as Paulownia trees. Guess they are known my other names as well. The flower cluster reminds me of grapes.
Linda(non-registered)
The empress tree in the Northwest doesn't go wild. I am not sure why. We have one a block from us that I always visit when it is blooming. It is the only the second one I have seen, the other one is in the arboretum..
I also love the wildflowers and especially, lupine. I tried growing it but it was covered with aphids ..pulled it all out.
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