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Paulownia – The Power Represented in Plants

Written by a.pedko on October 12, 2017 in Cultivation tips Energy plants Paulownia


also known as foxglove tree or empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa, Paulownia elongata), is not just a simple tree for decorating your home garden!

It ideally suits for a timber businesses on field or arable lands and, due to its low demands on the ground, is an excellent alternative to the well-known energy crops, such as poplars, willows, or robinias.

 Rapid growth of empress trees

Considering the rapid growth of paulownia, it appears as a small miracle that this species has not taken its root in ourshort-rotation plantations. With its excellent growth in biomass, the paulownia represents a competing vegetation formally. You can obtain, as compared to the poplars or willows of the same age up to 30% higher yields!

On the basis of these values, you should not be surprised that paulownia plantations grow in numbers and attract more and more attention! A real “winner” 🙂 Once planted, it can be harvested up to 7 times. In plain language: Just put your money once, and you get seven times as much as your benefit!

 Wood chips and pellets are also of paulownia

Like other energy woods, paulownia timber can also be processed into wood pellets or chopped into wood chips. With regard to its good drying capacity of approximately 30-60 days during storage outdoors, the timber reaches a moisture content of 10-12% in this period. Well, these are optimal values to quickly obtain energy wood for efficient combustion in home ovens.

Diversity of empress tree forests

Paulownia Stamm, ein Jahr alt, Paulownia root, one year old, Polovnije, Jednogodišnje drvo polovnije, Стъбло на пауловния на една година, Stablo polovnije, godinu dana staro; Tulpină Paulownia, 1 an; Tronco di paulonia, un anno

Paulownia root, one year old

The cultivation of paulownia also promotes environment protection. With its height of up to 15 Meter and thick crowns, such a tree is home for many insects and smaller creatures. Since the stock closes relatively quickly after planting and relatively little sunlight penetrates inside, the ground remains largely free of weeds. 40 cm wide leaves ensure a plenty of leaf litter in autumn; however, this should not be considered a disadvantage, in any case. On the contrary, a large amount of leaves provides a large amount of earthworms in soil, which, in its turn, results in fresh, healthy and nutrient-rich soil.

Is there anything so better?!

Have we aroused your interest in paulownia?

Discover more information about the empress tree. Here you go directly to our shop where you can choose among varieties of paulownia.

For further questions regarding short-rotation plantations, energy plants, or specifically to their acreages, you can contact us via e-mail or by telephone under + 43 (0) 6213 69956!
We would be happy to help you regarding your concerns or your energy-plant team

Max Voith, April, 2015

Paulownia tomentosa, Blauglockenbaum, Kaiserbaum, Polovnija, Пауловния

Paulownia tomentosa

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