How to grow royal empress tree


Empress Tree: Care and Growing Guide

The empress tree (Paulownia tomentosa) is beautiful and fragrant, and it grows unbelievably fast. Its flowers are a gemlike shade of purple, and their shape unusual and unique, while its heart-shaped foliage can grow to an astounding width of 30 inches. You will think it is stunning—but think about planting something else. In just a few short years, it could become a problem in your yard. 

Botanical Name Paulownia tomentosa
Common Name Empress Tree, Royal Paulownia, Foxglove Tree
Plant Type  Deciduous Tree
Mature Size 30 to 40 ft. tall, 30 to 40 ft. wide
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Soil pH Adaptable
Bloom Time April
Flower Color Lavender
Hardiness Zones 5-8, USA
Native Area  China

Empress Tree Care

Unfortunately, the empress tree is appealing to look at, but it is not good for your landscape, property, environment, or local ecosystems.

At first, the tree smells heavenly, like vanilla, and the tree blooms with thousands of flowers in the form of foxgloves every late April and early May. But this seeming benefit of the tree is actually its greatest drawback: the fruit on each of those flowers hold 2,000 seeds, with a single tree capable of casting 2,000,000 seeds a year. Additionally, the empress tree can grow 20 feet in a single year. The potential for the tree to become invasive is tremendous, and the potential for it to take over a landscape if you fail to remove a stray seedling is just as high.

Even if you are a fantastic seedling hunter and can prune your tree diligently, this tree can still quickly become an unwelcome guest. The roots are thick, widespread, and destructive with the potential to cause root damage. Determined to spread, the tree eventually sends up voracious suckers from its root system as fast-growing as the main tree.

What this all means is that you have a tree that has an unquenchable thirst and will sap all the water from nearby plants and trees in the area. The roots will make digging and planting other plants difficult.

Warning

The empress tree is an invasive species that aggressively spreads seeds and sends up suckers. Check with your local extension office to see if it is classified as invasive or illegal to plant in your state, county, or municipality.

The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

Light

In order to achieve the full amount of blooms you will want to give your empress tree full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. If you are not worried about getting profuse flowering it will tolerate partial shade without any negative affects.

Soil

Ideally, its preferred soil is moist and rich, but it will grow in almost any condition. It has been known to grow in sidewalk cracks, uncleaned rain gutters, sandboxes, and firepit ash, so there's no real need to fuss about the soil conditions too much with the empress tree.

Water

The tree is pretty darn near indestructible once established, but it does require some care, including ample watering. After planting the tree, be sure to mulch two to three inches deep out to the drip line without touching the trunk to help retain moisture. You will want to water it weekly at a rate of two to three gallons of water per inch of its trunk diameter. Carry on with this regimen during the first season until autumn. Further supplemental watering shouldn’t be needed going forward.

Temperature and Humidity

Empress trees are hardy. Very hardy. They can withstand temperatures from -10 degrees Fahrenheit high and temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but these temperatures are deceiving. The tree is actually a lot less tolerant than these numbers express. The empress tree’s roots are hardier than its stems. Flowers and leaves will die at 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and the entire trunk will die at -10 degrees Fahrenheit if the cold lasts more than a short time.

Fertilizer

There is no need to fertilize the empress tree. It will grow readily in most conditions and does not need much of a boost to get it to thrive. It is known as a pioneer species and can grow in conditions that other species find inhospitable.

What Is a Pioneer Species?

A pioneer species is the first species to colonize an ecosystem that is previously damaged or disrupted.

Pruning

Taking on this chore can be a matter of preventing property damage and trying to manage the insanely fast growth. You will want to clear branches that may be susceptible to snow or wind damage or present hazards.

But be careful when pruning: empress tree wood is notoriously weak, and making poor cuts and using improper pruning technique can lead to further weakening the wood.

When trying to control the empress tree’s aggressive growth, numerous techniques are employed depending on the desired result. To curb the growth and keep the tree a manageable size, you will want to cut your tree down to about five feet every autumn. Doing this will allow the tree to grow back and bloom every spring.

If rather than having blooms you'd prefer to have an interesting shrub with fascinating foliage 36 inches in width, cut just above the ground level. Doing this will not let flowers or fruit appear but will create some spectacular foliage.  

Tip

If you want a flowering tree that isn't likely to become a pest, go for a dogwood or a nice magnolia.

Where & How to Plant Empress Royal Paulownia Tree Seedlings | Home Guides

By Teo Spengler

Named after Anna Paulowna (1795-1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia, the empress royal paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) also is called the empress tree, the royal tree and the princess tree. It is an attractive shade tree, offering large, lobed leaves and showy lavender flowers that smell deliciously like vanilla. However, the empress tree has many enemies. In the backyard, the strong roots travel far, cracking sidewalks and foundations. The tree also escapes readily from captivity, sending its plentiful seeds into the wild, where seedlings take over disturbed areas, choking out native plants and earning the tree the "Least Wanted" rating from Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group. If you decide you must have an empress tree, planting may be the easiest part of the entire experience.

  1. Plant empress tree seedlings in fall or spring in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 though 9. Select a planting site in full sun as far as possible from houses, pools or sidewalks (your own and those of your neighbors) to prevent its strong roots from causing problems.

  2. Look up while standing in the proposed planting site to determine how high the tree can grow without hitting electric lines or other obstacles. Some experts set the empress tree's maximum height at 15 feet, others list it as 40 and some put it at 65 feet, so allow the tree plenty of growing room to be on the safe side.

  3. Work the soil in the planting area to a depth of 18 inches, removing weeds and grass, and breaking up soil clumps. Apply a 3-inch layer of organic compost to the soil and work into the soil before planting. Although the empress tree tolerates any pH of soil from very acid to very alkaline, and grows well in average soils, it prefers humus-based loam that is well draining.

  4. Dig a planting hole on top of the worked soil. Make the hole as deep as a seedling's root ball and twice as wide. Remove the container gently. Unwind any roots that have grown around the inside of the container. Set the root ball in the center of the planting hole and use extracted dirt to fill in the sides of the hole.

  5. Build a circular basin around the tree with the rest of the extracted soil. Make it a little larger than the root ball. Slant the floor of the basin away from the tree toward the sides of the basin. Pour in 10 gallons of water and allow it to seep through to the seedling's roots. Repeat every week during the first growing season.

References

  • Fine Gardening: Paulownia Tomentosa (Empress Tree, Foxglove Tree, Princess Tree, Royal Pawlonia)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Paulownia Tomentosa
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Ask Mr. Smarty Plants -- Should Non-Native Royal Empress Tree Be Planted in Lawrence MA?
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: Planting Trees

Resources

  • Plant Conservation Alliance Alien Plant Working Group: Least Wanted: Princess Tree
  • California Polytechnic State University Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute NRES Department California Polytechnic State University: SelecTree: Empress Tree, Paulownia Tomentosa
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Ask Mr. Smarty Plants: Landscaping a New Yard in El Paso, TX

Tips

  • The empress tree often is grown for its beautiful spring flowers, but some gardeners sacrifice the blossoms in favor of large leaves. If you prune the tree hard while it is dormant (either pruning all branches back to the trunk or pruning all stems to the ground every year), you won't get flowers but the leaves can grow to 24 inches long.
  • If your area has occasional strong winds, plant the empress tree in an area with wind protection.

Warnings

  • You must take this tree's root system into consideration when planting and select a location far from the property line. According to experts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, empress tree's roots spread from two to three times as wide as the tree is tall.

Writer Bio

From Alaska to California, from France's Basque Country to Mexico's Pacific Coast, Teo Spengler has dug the soil, planted seeds and helped trees, flowers and veggies thrive. World traveler, professional writer and consummate gardener, Spengler earned a BA from U.C. Santa Cruz, a law degree from Berkeley's Boalt Hall, and an MA and MFA from San Francisco State. She currently divides her life between San Francisco and southwestern France.

Christmas plants around the world

There is one common tradition in Russia: in December we decorate the Christmas tree. Someone buys a living tree to enjoy the wonderful coniferous aroma that fills the apartment, someone prefers practical and beautiful artificial options, and someone, especially for New Year's Eve, plants the so-called “Christmas tree” on their site - a luxurious tree that in summer it pleases with its appearance, and in winter it is buried in the splendor of Christmas tree decorations and sparkling garlands right in the garden, creating a unique festive atmosphere. Imagine: you look out the window, and there is such a beauty! Santa Claus will definitely not pass by.

If you like this option, then choosing your ideal Christmas tree will help our selection.

And how are they preparing and celebrating the New Year in other countries? What is decorated in the regions of the scorching sun? We talked with residents of different countries and found out the details of the New Year celebrations.

So, our New Year's journey begins ... from the 19th century.

When did we start decorating the spruce?

For the first time in Russia (more precisely, in the Russian Empire), a Christmas tree was decorated in 1817 in the personal imperial chambers. This was done on behalf of the Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna, at that time the bride of Emperor Nicholas I. In 1828, already in the status of Empress, she also organized the first “Children's Tree” in the usual sense for her children and nephews.

The imperial family has always had a great influence on the upper strata of society, so this tradition, so new and unusual, has spread among the upper class. And in 1852, a public Christmas tree was installed for the first time in the building of Vauxhall (an entertainment pavilion) in Yekateringof Park. Yes, it is Christmas, by January 7th. Later, this tree became a New Year's symbol.

So the tradition went into the world.

But where did she come from?

This question is difficult to answer unambiguously. Culturologists find prerequisites in the traditions of the pagans, and in the Bible, and in confectionery Germany. The first mention of a Christmas tree decorated for the holiday is found in German literature of the 15th century. Regardless of the origin, the main thing should be noted: once a wonderful, kind tradition was born, which the whole world fell in love with.

What do people around the world decorate for Christmas and New Year?

Let's take a New Year's walk around the world together and communicate with residents of different countries. Let's start from Europe, then move to North America, from there we will go to South America through Central, and then we will change course to the east and look at the Asian versions of the New Year tree. We won’t need any masks or gloves – and we will definitely be able to travel!

An important cultural interpretation that will help to understand our commentators: due to the difference in religious calendars and the peculiarities of the cultures of different countries, the New Year holidays have different significance and are celebrated on different dates.

In Russia, we first celebrate the New Year (December 31), and then the Orthodox population celebrates Christmas (January 7). In the Catholic world, they first celebrate Christmas (December 25), and then celebrate the New Year (December 31). Therefore, in the West, the spruce is often called Christmas, it is installed earlier and decorated with angels. We call the Christmas tree, install it later and decorate the crown with a red star. And in the east, they have their own vision, read about it below.

So let's go!

Europe

Europe gave Russia the tradition of decorating conifers for Christmas and New Year. Therefore, European countries are traditionally decorated with luxurious fir trees.

Germany

“In Germany, you will find a lot of decorated fir trees. We start decorating early, because we are preparing for Christmas. We also have very popular Christmas markets and advent calendars. Christmas is a cozy home holiday, and we usually celebrate the New Year with friends. But this year both holidays will be cozy and homely,” said Alexandra, who emigrated to Germany five years ago.

France

“In France, spruces are decorated. But it cannot be said that every family must decorate the fir tree and put it at home, this is not very popular. But Christmas wreaths made of branches are popular, ”said Basil, a resident of Paris.

This year, an unusual Christmas tree was installed on the main square of Paris.

UK

“In Britain, we love spruce, it is an important element of Christmas and New Year. ” — said Adam, a resident of London.

Consider the two main fir trees in Britain this year. London is decorated with a huge 40-meter spruce from Norway (Norwegian / Udmurt spruce). Traditionally, since 1947, in gratitude for the support of the Imperial family of Norway during the Second World War, the people of Oslo send a Christmas tree to London, which is installed in Trafalgar Square.

And in the Queen's castle they put a six-meter Christmas tree, decorated with three hundred lights. Due to the pandemic, the royal couple will celebrate the New Year in Windsor, although they usually leave for Sandringham.

South America

South America is a warm and very colorful region. We talked with residents of other continents to find out how they prepare for the New Year and what kind of plants they like.

Peru

“Peru is a Catholic country, so we celebrate Christmas joyfully and actively. Many dress up conifers like you have in Russia. But we still love to make nativity scenes dedicated to the birth of Christ. Therefore, in our cities, it is more likely to meet a public nativity scene than a tree. We have competitions for creative productions on biblical themes. And we also like to celebrate the new year noisily. We are a fun nation, love to have fun.” Oscar, a resident of Lima, the capital of Peru, told us.

Brazil

“We decorate everything that can be decorated and dance wherever it is possible to dance! For us, the New Year is a cool holiday, a kind of large and general party! We have a great mixture of cultures: since October, artificial fir trees and figurines for celebrating Christmas can be seen everywhere. We love artificial ones more, we make them from paper or foam. But we are very proud of our floating spruce. She's not real, but she's fantastic! In general, the New Year is not the biggest holiday, we have various celebrations in Brazil,” Alfonso Piño, a resident of Rio de Janeiro, shared with us.

Ecuador

"In Ecuador, we decorate pine trees like you do in Russia. Maybe they are somehow different in style, but we like to decorate a tree before Christmas. In December, we literally have images of the Virgin Mary and the baby Christ everywhere. We love this holiday very much. As for the New year, that is, the tradition in eating 12 grapes during the striking of the clock at midnight.Ideally, there should be six green grapes and six purple, one for each hour.Someone just eats them, and drinkers put one grape in a glass with liquor and thus drink 12 glasses while making a wish, if they can still do it.” Gloria Varenzo told us.

Central America

Costa Rica

“We traditionally decorate pine trees for Christmas and leave them until the New Year,” Victor Monge, a resident of Costa Rica, told us.

Mexico

“In Mexico they put up artificial fir trees, but this is not our national tradition. New Year is not the main holiday of our holidays. But from the culture of the Incas, we inherited the tradition of installing piñatas - hollow, bright toys. They create a festive atmosphere more than decorated trees,” Carlos Veto shared with us.

North America

North America is a continent on which two countries are comfortably located: the USA and Canada. We discussed with our transatlantic friends how they celebrate Christmas and New Year.

United States of America

Many watched the movie "Home Alone" with M. Kalkin in the role of an inquisitive and nimble boy. Remember how the houses were decorated with many garlands? And what kind of spruce dressed up the main character Kevin? If not, then remember.

So this is a typical American style. Americans decorate their homes and neighborhoods with illuminations that flood the streets of cities with light so that it is as bright at night as during the day. Christmas trees are installed in almost every room of the house. This is where Christmas is a truly bright holiday. But before the New Year, most Americans throw out the trees and take down the lights.

“In the USA, of course, we decorate spruces, pines or fir trees. There may even be spruce-trimmed cypress and holly. But in Florida there is the Christmas Palm tree, the Adonidia palm, the fruits of which turn red by December. In Hawaii, palm trees are also often decorated. Or illuminate. It looks amazing! We rarely celebrate the New Year, this is not a very popular holiday for us. It's more like a hangout, a party. And we really love decorating houses, every family considers this an important part of the holiday.” Boston resident Matthew Berington told us.

Fraser fir has become the main Christmas tree in the United States this year. She covered several thousand kilometers. In New York, she was met by the first Lady of America, Melania Trump, and on December 2, in a solemn atmosphere, thousands of lights were lit on her.

Canada

“We definitely decorate the fir trees for Christmas. We also hang a Christmas wreath on the door and, of course, decorate the house. In this we differ little from the neighbors of the Americans. New Year's Eve is a less popular holiday than Christmas. It happens that we remove holiday trees from the apartment even before the New Year. But some leave. ' Beryl Attwood shared.

Asia

Asian countries will surprise you: they do not have the usual New Year for us from December 31 to January 1. They do not have Christmas familiar to us either on December 25 or January 7. But each country has its own New Year with its own traditions and rules. Therefore, they celebrate the new year several times: one according to their local calendar, and the second - European, on the night of the first of January. This is in deference to the tourists who usually come for long holiday weekends, as well as to expats with a different culture.

India

“In India, trees are decorated, usually pines. But they grow only in the north of India, where the inhabitants can decorate the living. And in the south they often use artificial ones. The trees are usually dressed up for Christmas. The main population is Hindu, but there are also many Catholics in India. I think this tradition was brought to us from the West. We have one common iconic tree - the fig tree. It is mentioned in the Bible, the holy scripture of Christians, and in the Mahabharata, an important book for us.” — shared a resident of India Paresh Navani.

Note: The fig tree, or the fig tree, or the common fig tree are three names for the same plant.

Israel

“In Israel, trees are decorated for the holidays. Basically, this is done by Christians who celebrate Christmas, or people from the CIS who celebrate the New Year. Jews do not have any traditions of decorating trees, from the point of view of Halakha (a set of laws and regulations of Judaism that regulate the religious, family and social life of believing Jews), this is unacceptable. There are no fir trees in our climate, so the festive trees are cypress or araucaria. Eli ben Shitrit said.

China

“There is no tradition in China to decorate trees. Let's start with the fact that the New Year, which is celebrated on December 31, is a non-traditional holiday for us. We live according to our calendar. In some areas of the south, tangerine trees may be decorated and put on the streets. There is no unity in China, each region has its own traditions and habits, but in general we do not decorate plants. New Year illuminations are installed for tourists,” said Zzhen Rong, a resident of China.

Vietnam

“I think we should separate the European New Year and our Vietnamese Tết (Tet), which we celebrate as our local New Year. This is a very important holiday, we have a series of rituals that must be carried out on the days of the celebration: visit the graves of ancestors, clean the apartment, buy new clothes and gifts. As for plants, we use branches of mandarin, peach and apricot. There is a practice to decorate bamboo. And we love watermelons - its red flesh symbolizes success. Watermelon must be on the festive table.” Lee Van Thu told us.

Atypical Christmas plants

Not only a variety of conifers become attributes of the holidays. In some countries, both flowering and fruiting plants are popular. Read about some of them below.

Holly is a popular Christmas plant in the UK, the leaves of which are used to make Christmas wreaths.

Poinsettia is the "Christmas star", the second, after coniferous, symbol of Christmas in some countries of Europe and the USA.

Schlumbergera (in Russia the plant is called "Decembrist") is adored in Brazil and they believe that it should bloom on New Year's Eve.

Chrysanthemums, succulents, marigolds, orchids, daffodils are bought for the holiday in Vietnam. They are collected in flower arrangements and decorate houses. Yellow-red gamma is a classic combination for a Vietnamese holiday.

Baobab is dressed up for the New Year in African countries.

The residents of Guatemala and Nicaragua decorate their modest houses with coffee sprigs. The fruits of coffee must be red.

Cacti decorate in Cuba.

The Kingdom of Sudan considers the walnut tree a festive tree.

Finally

We hope you enjoyed our trip. New Year is a truly magical holiday. On this beautiful night, waves of joy will sweep across the planet: from the easternmost city of the world, Funafuti, the capital of the small island nation of Tuvalu in the Pacific Ocean, to Wales in Alaska, the westernmost city in the world. Every hour for the whole day, someone will celebrate the new year, hug loved ones, raise glasses with local drinks, make wishes, make toasts and unpack gifts. Already on December 31 at 13-00 Moscow time, the inhabitants of the Republic of Karibati will greet the New Year somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, and at 14-00 on January 1, the last will be the residents of Samoa.

This day reminds us how important it is to dream, make wishes, believe in miracles and enjoy this life! And we wish you to keep this feeling of delight in your heart for the whole of 2021.

Happy New Year 2021!

At the end of May the tree blossoms with pink flowers. The most beautiful flowering trees in the world. Catalpa bignoniform "Aurea"

Original taken from amor_ in Rose Tree Collection:

A moment of positive:
During my illness, I had an attack of searching for the names of "pink" trees that left a mark on my soul after trips to LA in winter and Andalusia in spring. :) More precisely, I just wanted to complete the list. Since I found the name of the "pink" tree in LA after a trip, but for a long time I could not figure it out with Spanish trees. But thanks to search engines, image search tricks and associative hints like "a tree in the Alhambra. In general, the list was compiled.

So, the tree that bloomed beautifully in January in California is called pink lapacho or ant tree or tabebuya. This is an exclusively South American tree, in Europe, at least, I have not noticed it. A special tea is brewed from its bark, it is also used for medicinal purposes.

Here we are in LA in January 2012:


This was near Staples Center:

These are flowers:

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And this is tea:

Then I was baffled by a tree that I had met many times in the spring in Seville a long time ago, because I did not know how to find its name. Here is the tree in the pictures with me during the April 2012 fair.

I found the solution to its name when I started looking for the tree that hooked us all in the Alhambra (about it later). Although the trees are different, and the flowers on them, they are relatives among themselves. They belong to the legume family and the Bagryannikov tribe. The specific tree in Seville in the photo is the Bauginia or orchid tree (because of the resemblance of the shape of the flowers to an orchid), it is also called the Hong Kong orchid tree.

Here is a larger photo of flowers from the Internet:

This flower is even depicted on the flag of Hong Kong, being one of its symbols: the most interesting thing: about the same tree in the Alhambra. :) It is called, as I found out, Cersis or Bagryanik itself, it also belongs to the legume family. However, I met trees of the same species in all Andalusian cities, but in Granada in the Alhambra in spring the gardens look like paradise, and there is a stunning specimen of this tree, and it is impossible not to take pictures under it (photo April 2013):

It is also curious that among the popular names of this tree there is such as the Judas tree, and it is assumed that the name comes from a legend according to which Judas hanged himself on such a tree. O_o Since it is doubtful that even Judas would want to hang himself on such beauty, there is also an assumption that the name was simply changed incorrectly, since it was originally meant simply "a tree from Judea", and indeed cersis grow in the Middle East.

The same tree also has a poetic name - the tree of love (in Spanish arbol del amor), which is very similar to the truth. :)

Here are some more photos of these love trees from the Internet: "Tree flowers on the trunk and large branches:

Close -up flowers:

PHOTOS and White CERSIS:

I read that the kidneys of this tree are used as acute seasoning . The wood is used in carpentry. Although it is mainly an ornamental plant.

Well, that's all for now. :)

For now, I can only dream of seeing spring in Spain, America or some other beautiful place, and also dream that one day I will plant a whole garden for myself about such trees. :)

Flowering trees are very beautiful, especially if they bloom in your garden. In spring, when nature comes to life, flowers begin to bloom on trees and shrubs. People, looking at this beauty, enjoy life, become kinder and more beautiful.

Let's look at which of the trees are in bloom in spring, and many in summer, until autumn.

Japanese Sakura

Sakura is a symbol of the Land of the Rising Sun. It is associated with a very beautiful holiday in Japan - Hanami.

Admiring flowers becomes a whole event for the Japanese people and guests of the country. And the pink color in Japan is a symbol of the awakening of nature, the beginning of a new life.

Do you know? Japanese weather forecasters make a separate cherry blossom forecast, telling residents exactly when to expect the flowers to bloom.

On the spreading crown of an oriental miracle, pink densely double buds bloom. From afar, sakura looks like a pink airy cloud.

At this time, people stop everything and try not to miss this enchanting sight, which lasts only 5 days.

They say that if you have time to enjoy cherry blossoms, you can live up to 100 years.

Apple blossoms


Apple blossoms , no less enchanting sight. In May, the apple trees are covered with a white cloud of flowers, from which a heady spring fragrance emanates.

White, with a pinkish tint, flowers cover the crown of the apple tree so densely that delicate green leaves are not visible behind them.

Recently, decorative apple trees have appeared, which are used in landscape design, often as hedges. Imagine how great the hedge will look when it blooms!

Do you know? In almost all cultures, the apple tree is a female tree. It helps a girl to meet her betrothed if she ties a red ribbon on a trunk or branch on a full moon.

Yellow mimosa


Mimosa is a symbol of spring. A plant of marvelous beauty, used to decorate city parks and landscapes in private estates.

Shrub with densely growing branches covered with bright yellow flowers can be found on the entire Black Sea coast.

On the eve of spring holidays, this yellow miracle - branches of blooming mimosa - fills all flower shops, giving joy and a drop of spring to all women on March 8th.

Do you know? In aromatherapy, the smell of mimosa is designed to purify the spirit, alleviate mental anguish and the suffering of a broken heart. Inhaling the smell of mimosa brings joy and relief. In addition, mimosa sets in a romantic mood, promotes flirting and flirting.

Mysterious Magnolia


Magnolias are considered an aristocrat in the plant series. Hearing this melodic name, a person immediately imagines the south, the sun, relaxation and exoticism.

In Russia, this beautifully flowering shrub (tree) is used for landscaping parks and boulevards of seaside towns. Despite the fact that the magnolia is considered a shrub, its height can reach 6-10 meters.

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Magnolia blooms with snow-white flowers and has a delicate, unforgettable aroma. This is the oldest plant that lived on earth about 140 million years ago, caught the era of dinosaurs. This makes magnolias seem even more mysterious and exotic.

Do you know? In China, magnolia flowers are considered a symbol of virgin purity. And in our country, magnolia flowers are associated with warm summers and gentle seas.


About the tulip, as a flower, every grower knows. It grows in almost every garden, decorates every flower garden.

But few people know that in nature there is a tulip tree - one of the most luxurious trees in the world! This "wonder of the world" can grow in temperate climates. A tulip tree can be grown in your backyard, it is:

  • is resistant to diseases and pests,
  • easily tolerates soot and smoke,
  • lives for a long time, almost 500 years,
  • is able to withstand frost,
  • takes root well,
  • does not require special care.

Liriodendron inflorescences have an amazing tulip-like shape (size 6 to 10 cm) with downward-curved white-green sepals and yellow-green petals.

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The petals of the bud are decorated with an orange spot, the smell of the buds resembles that of a fresh cucumber, it blooms for a long time, from the end of May to the middle of June.

Bees love this tree for its large amount of nectar. If the flower is placed in a warm room, then you can collect a teaspoon of nectar from it.

Almond


Almond tree has already settled in many household plots. It strikes the eye with fabulous flowers that exude a pleasant, enchanting aroma.

In spring, almond groves are an airy cloud of pale pink buds. There are such buds that cut red streaks in the middle.

Many beliefs are associated with almonds. Moreover, all these signs speak of good luck and happiness, which brings an almond tree or an almond nut.

The tradition still lives in the Old World, following which the bride gives each guest 5 almond nuts, symbolizing happiness, wealth, longevity, health and abundance.

Coffee tree


Coffee tree can be grown indoors. It not only blooms beautifully, “treats” fresh coffee, but also purifies the air in the room. By pinching and cutting branches, you can achieve the desired shape.

Coffee tree is an effective absorber of negativity in the house. If your family relationships have recently cracked, then a tropical “pet” will help to extinguish mutual aggression and smooth out conflicts.

And now let's admire the luxurious flowering of southern tropical trees. Blooming gardens and parks of warm countries - a magnificent and amazing sight! And outlandish flowers and trees that we have never seen bloom here. They bloom not only in spring, but also in summer and autumn ...

All the colors of the rainbow pass before us, let's look at the fabulous beauty and generosity of nature.
………….
Flower Rainbow

RED

Maple Leaf Brachychiton - Fire or Flame tree

Deciduous tree up to 30m tall, maple-like leaves.



At the beginning of summer, many bright red flowers bloom on it, completely enveloping the tree, and giving the impression that it is on fire.

Royal Delonix - another Fire tree.
Grows in many countries with a warm climate, one of the five most beautiful trees in the world. The elegant pinnate leaves are 30-50 cm long, reminiscent of a fern, and fold over at night.



In spring, the tree is covered with large bright red flowers, about 10 cm in diameter, collected in large racemes.


The flowers rival orchids in beauty and the flowering trees are a delightful sight that lasts for 1-2 months.

Callistemon
The name comes from the Greek kallos - beautiful and stemmon - stamen.

The beauty of this tree is given by bright red stamens collected in dense cylindrical inflorescences, similar to dish brushes))


Sometimes the stamens are yellow or green.

Bombax
Bombax is a cotton tree related to the baobab. Very beautiful, large, palm-sized, bright red flowers are pollinated by birds or even bats.


Pomegranate


Eucalyptus
Fluffy balls of eucalyptus are red, white, yellow.

African tulip tree - Spatodea bell-shaped is a very beautiful and exotic plant.


It is called "African tulip tree" or "fountain tree" because of the many large bright red flowers, shaped like tulips.


Another name for the tulip tree is lyrodendron (see yellow color).
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PINK

Almond
We know that in Japan there are holidays for admiring cherry blossoms and wisteria.
But in North Africa, one of the most beautiful holidays - almond blossom festival . Tafraoute is the almond capital of Morocco. Every year in February (!) Morocco hosts the Almond Blossom Festival. By the way, both in Italy and in Israel there is a holiday, the flowering of this tree.

I love it when they bloom
Almond trees,
Remove the veil of my anguish as if by hand.
In my soul, for many years
Tired of nomadism,
I find bliss and peace again
.

Oleander
Oleander is a large evergreen shrub. It blooms in summer with bright large flowers - usually white or pink.


Oleander is native to the subtropics from Morocco and Portugal in the west to South China in the east. The juice of oleander leaves is poisonous.

Bougainvillea . White, pink, raspberry, orange, purple, there are none!

Bougainvillea has flowers and bracts of different colors. Her flowers are actually small yellow-white and inconspicuous. These flowers are surrounded by three petals-bracts - it is they, brightly colored, that give the beauty of bougainvillea.


At home, in South America, bougainvillea flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds, and in other countries by hawk moths.

Bauhinia, orchid or orchid tree . Her flower flaunts on the flag of Hong Kong.


During flowering, the tree is almost completely covered with magnificent orchid-like flowers.


Petals of Bauhinias (Bauginias) evoke an association with butterflies not only by their shape, but also by their ""mobility"". At night, they fold along the central vein.

Indian lagerstromia . The flowers of this tree are collected in clusters, similar to lilacs.


Albizia or sleeping tree, or silk locust, Lankaran locust .
Name - on behalf of the Florentine del Albizzi, who introduced this plant to Europe in the 18th century.


The tree attracts attention with delicate tassels of pink and lilac flowers. In general, the flowers themselves are yellowish-white in color, but the stamens are long, pink or lilac in color and form charming fluffy panicles.

European Cercis, or European Crimson, or Judas tree.
Judas - because Judas Iscariot hanged himself on it after his betrayal, and the tree that used to bloom with white flowers now blooms with pink ones. In Russian tradition, he hanged himself from an aspen, but there are no aspens in biblical places.


Another version: the birthplace of the crimson is Western Asia, Judea, which is why this tree is called the Judaic or Judas tree.
Incredibly beautiful tree. Its bright pink flowers bloom not only on branches, but also decorate the bark of branches and trunks in clusters.


In the tropics, stem flowering (caulefloria) is common. The most famous plants that have stem flowering are the cocoa tree and the tropical breadfruit.

When, suffering from a cold, Ai-Petri rises in the snow,
the crooked tree of Judas blooms on the south coast. ..

Nikolai Zabolotsky

It is interesting that Cersis was declared in Turkey tree 2012 years. In honor of the high-profile title of "Tree of the Year", thousands of seedlings were handed out to Istanbulites for free!

Sakura - the favorite tree of the Japanese, during the flowering days of which the Hanami holidays are held.
Hanami is a Japanese national tradition of viewing flowers, the most famous of which is cherry blossoms.


A few months before the cherry blossom season, the television starts showing forecasts of cherry blossom dates.
Cherry blossoms are a traditional symbol of female youth and beauty. Sakura is also used on the coats of arms of the police and the armed forces of Japan.

Tabebuya - or Ipe - grows in the tropics of South America. Trees bloom beautifully in different colors: white, pink, yellow, lilac. Flowers ranging in size from 3 to 11 cm are collected in dense inflorescences; hummingbirds feed on their nectar.
Even the ancient Incas called ipe (lapacho) a divine tree that gives vitality.
Interestingly, Ipe of different colors bloom at different times. First, in July, after the leaves fall, pink ipe bloom. (In Brazil in July - winter!).
Pink ipe


After the pink ones, the yellow ipe blossoms, then the white ipe blossoms, and the purple ipe blossoms by the end of September.

Magnolia pink


Stunningly beautiful large lily-shaped flowers, pink-purple on the outside, white inside, with a slight aroma. Fruits of wine-red color, up to 9 cm, ripen in November.

Peach


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Orange

Coralwood or Erythrina


Erythrins are valued for their magnificent orange-red flowers in bizarre shapes in large inflorescences. Because most erythrins have coral-colored flowers and red bean seeds, which is called the coral tree. This feature is reflected in the scientific name - from the Greek "erythros" - red.

Quince

Rusty caesalpinia, Yellow Flame - view of Peltoforum. (See Yellow)


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Other colors of the rainbow to be continued

Trees with white flowers are associated with purity, joy and childhood. Such trees and shrubs visually increase the space and look spectacular on the plot.

In horticulture, a lot of plants blooming in white are known: acacia, apple tree, viburnum, cherry, bird cherry. When choosing plants, it is necessary to take into account their requirements for climate, soil and the degree of unpretentiousness in care.

Bird cherry

Bird cherry - a tree or shrub, reaching a height of 8-10 m . The crown is dense, elongated, light green leaves are elliptical in shape. The root system of bird cherry is powerful, superficial type. The fruits of the plant are black drupes with an astringent tart taste.

Flowering of bird cherry in cold areas occurs at the end of May, and in warm regions it can begin in April. The flowers of the plant are bright white, collected in dense multi-flowered brushes. The flowers are small and beautiful, have a strong specific smell .

In addition to decorative functions, bird cherry is widely used for medicinal purposes. Infusions and decoctions from the fruits, bark and flowers of the plant are used to treat skin, eye and cardiovascular diseases.

The plant is cultivated for ornamental purposes, for breeding in gardens and parks. The tree is unpretentious, but feels especially good in fertilized and moist soils.

Apple tree

Apple trees are trees 3-8 meters high depending on the species . The plant has a spreading crown, brown bark, olive-green or reddish shoots, a fibrous root system.

Apple flowers are white-pink in color, reach a diameter of 4-5 cm, and are collected on shoots in inflorescences. Depending on the climate, flowering occurs in May or June. The most favorable temperature is + 17-22 degrees. The process lasts 7-17 days, and the cooler the climate, the longer flowering continues.

Leaves - green above and pale green below, elliptical, alternate. They have veins and petioles up to 2.5 cm long. The color and size of the fruit (apple) depends on maturity and variety.

Apple tree - unpretentious. Will take root even in a shady place, on clay and sandy soil . Ideal conditions for the plant are a windless area away from buildings, moist black earth soil.

Ranetka - a special variety of small-fruited apple trees

"Ranetka" - the collective name of small-fruited apple varieties. These plants were bred by crossing Siberian and plum-leaved apple trees , as well as trees of European varieties.

Apple-trees Ranetki frost-resistant and resistant to scorching sunlight . Ranetki adapt to any climate and give a rich harvest. In modern horticulture, there are varieties suitable for cultivation in the Urals, the Far East and Altai.


Cherry

According to the shape of the above-ground part, bush-like and tree-like cherries are distinguished. Depending on the shape, the height reaches 2-6 meters . The root system of the cherry is powerful, goes underground to a distance of up to 2 meters, has both horizontal and vertical roots. The trunk of the tree is thin, the bark is gray-brown.

Cherry blossoms usually begin in May, but depending on the type of tree and the climate, the time may change. Duration - 18-20 days. The flowers of the plant are collected in inflorescences and have a white color.

More than 150 types of cherries are known in the world. Only a few of them are cultivated in our country.

Cherry perfectly adapts to adverse environmental conditions , however, this entails a drop in yield and large fruit. The plant prefers lighted windless areas and moist soils.


Pieris - evergreen shrub comes from Japan. As an ornamental plant, pieris is widely distributed in suburban areas. The shrub is frost-resistant, withstands frosts up to 30 ° C, is not whimsical in care, and during the flowering period it has a pleasant aroma.

Shrub height depending on variety - from 60 cm to 2 m . The crown is sprawling, the leaves are shiny, oval in shape up to 10 cm long. For the pieris character, the seasonal change in color of the leaves makes it attractive all year round.

The flowers of the plant are white (rarely pink and red), shaped like lilies of the valley, hanging from elongated racemes. The period of abundant flowering in a warm climate is March-April. The duration is about 3 weeks.

Poisonous, drinking the juice of the leaves or flowers of Japanese pieris leads to a decrease in blood pressure and disruption of the internal organs.

Kalina is a tall shrub reaching a height of 3-4 meters . The leaves are wide, ovoid, 6-10 cm long. Shoots are round, glabrous, yellowish-brown. Barren shoots end with a terminal bud, and fruit shoots end with false-terminal ones, giving flowers and later fruits.

The flowers of a white shrub are collected in inflorescences-shields 10-13 cm in size. The plant blooms in early June. First, flowers bloom along the edge of the inflorescence, and then small central flowers with peculiar smell . Flowering lasts about 3 weeks.

Kalina is an unpretentious plant, not susceptible to diseases and resistant to frost . Cultivated for ornamental purposes, as well as for use in traditional medicine. Its sour fruits are a source of vitamin C, organic acids, pectin and essential oils.

Irga - a fruit plant, depending on the climate of the area, taking the form of a tree or shrub. To date, there are 25 kinds of shadberry . Each species is very unpretentious (tolerates frosts up to 40 degrees, blooms up to -5 degrees) and gives a high yield.

Irga has strong roots and is growing fast. Already in the 4th year after planting, gives the first fruits . The shrub is multi-stemmed, reaches a height of 4-5 m. The bark is brown, the wood is reddish. The dark green leaves are oval in shape, the fruits are round and dark lilac in color.

Blooming shadberry starts at the end of April and lasts 10-15 days . The flowers are white, collected in corymbose brushes and almost completely cover the crown of the tree. During the flowering period, the irga looks like a bird cherry.

Berries of shadberry are tart in taste, used for making juices, jams and compotes.


Acacia - a tree or a tree-like bush, reaching a height of 30 meters (on average - 12-15 m). The plant is considered a "street" tree, resistant to sub-zero temperatures, polluted by industrial emissions and polluted air in big cities. .

Acacia has a powerful root system, going to great depths vertically. With age, the color of the bark changes from light gray to brown. Leaves - a bright green hue and an oblong shape are located on a long petiole. The plant has crescent-shaped thorns, which are modified leaves.

The typical flowering period is early summer, from May to July (depending on the weather). Flowering lasts from two to four weeks. The flowers are small in size, collected in hanging brushes, 12-15 flowers each.

Acacia is used in a wide variety of areas of life:

  • in landscaping;
  • wood used in construction;
  • essential oils are used in perfumery;
  • leaves and flowers are used for medical purposes and in the food industry.

Acacia is an excellent honey plant. Her honey has the unique property of remaining liquid throughout its shelf life.

Acacia berries are toxic and inedible.

The plant is easy to care for and grows quickly. The tree will not take root in constant shade, in strong winds and in swampy areas. Ideal conditions - a sunny area without an abundance of moisture.


Chestnut

Chestnut - an ornamental tree, reaching a height of 20-25 m . The trunk is straight, gray. A powerful root system has a main tap root and branched lateral roots.

The crown is wide, dense, rounded. The tree has large openwork leaves that change their hue from green to crimson depending on the time of year.

Chestnut blossom starts in May and lasts 2-3 weeks. At this time, the tree is covered with white inflorescences - pyramid-shaped tassels. Wood is unpretentious in care , and due to its spectacular appearance, it is used for landscaping city streets, parks and squares.

Among the variety of trees with white flowers, every summer resident will be able to choose the right plant. In addition to the decorative function, trees with white flowers are of great benefit as a source of delicious fruits (apple, cherry), and also used for medicinal purposes. As a rule, these trees are unpretentious and delight the owners for many years.

Brachychiton acerifolius - Fire tree, Australia
Deciduous tree, naturally up to 30m tall, with large, lobed, pale green leaves. At the beginning of summer, when the tree is not yet covered with leaves, many small bright red flowers bloom on it, completely enveloping it and giving the impression that it is on fire.

Albizia julibrissin - Albizia or sleeping tree or silk tree or silk acacia.
Belongs to the legume family and is a large deciduous tree up to 10-12 meters high with a spreading umbrella-shaped crown, like in some species of tropical acacias. The leaves are openwork, dissected into many small lobes.
distributed from Transcaucasia to some regions of Central Asia.


Albizia flower:

Cercis siliquastrum - European Cercis, or Judas tree. Incredibly beautiful tree. Why Judas is understandable. Naturally, because Judas Iscariot hanged himself on it. Although in the Russian tradition he hanged himself on an aspen tree, there are no aspens at all in those places, and Cercis, of course, is much more likely...

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Spring is wandering somewhere nearby, and
flowers are already looking from the valleys, saturated with the poison of deceit, grief and loss.

Nikolai Zabolotsky

In nature, the range of the species covers the Mediterranean, the Middle East (without the African part) and the Middle East.
Grows on rocky slopes, usually on lime containing substrate.
Grows slowly, at 4-5 years old reaches a height of 1-1.5 m. At 100 years old reaches a height of 12.5 m with a trunk diameter of 50-60 cm and a crown with a diameter of up to 10 m.

Chinese derain, Cornus kousa
Homeland China and Japan
Tall deciduous shrub or tree up to 9 m in height. It blooms 2-3 weeks after flowering deren. Its bracts look more elegant and graceful. Autumn foliage color is bright red. Prefers acidic soil and light shade. Winter-hardy up to -29 degrees.


And then these berries should appear:

Peltophorum dubium (Yellow Flame)
Tree of the legume family, with yellow flowers, definitely brighter than the day.
It is known as Ibira-pita in Argentina. In Uruguay it is called Arbol de Artigas, and in Brazil it is called Cana-fístula.

Kölreuteria Koelreuteria elegans
The name is given in honor of the botanist Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter.
Deciduous trees of small or medium size, naturally distributed in East Asia (Northern China, Korea, Japan).
Cultivated as a park and ornamental tree in many regions of Asia, Europe and North America. Under the conditions of the Central European climate, it is winter-hardy; loves warmth and dryness, drought-resistant.

Paulownia tomentosa.
Also known as Royal Paulownia, Empress Tree, Three Empresses, Bao Tong, Kiri. A deciduous tree of the genus Paulownia, the natural distribution of species of the genus Paulownia is Asia, mainly China, where it comes from.
Paulownia tomentum grows to 10-25 m tall, with large heart-shaped, 5-lobed leaves 15-40 cm in diameter. Flowering begins before the leaves open, in early spring, in panicles 10-30 cm long, with a tubular purple corolla 4- 6 cm long.
The wood is very light (considered one of the lightest hardwoods) and soft, well processed and peeled, but does not cut and splits hard. Dries quickly and easily. Furniture, musical instruments, small crafts are made from it.
The seeds are used to produce the oils used to make the famous Japanese lacquers.

Prunus serrulata - Sakura
Blooms in spring; flowers are bright pink to white. The annual cherry blossom season lasts less than a week.
Sakura - a well-known symbol of Japan and Japanese culture - has long been revered by the Japanese plant.

Pyracantha
Pyracantha is a perennial evergreen shrub with long thorns. In spring, the plant is completely covered with white-cream fragrant flowers, and in autumn - spectacular shiny red, orange or yellow berries.
Homeland pyracantha - southern Europe, southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, the Himalayas.
pyracantha blooms:


pyracantha with berries:

Delonix regia - Royal Delonix, or Fire tree.
Can be found in many countries with tropical or warm climates, where it is planted in parks and green streets. One of the five most beautiful trees in the world. This tree with a spreading crown in the form of a wide umbrella reaches a height of 10 m. Elegant doubly pinnate leaves 30-50 cm long resemble a fern, and fold at night.
In spring and early summer, the tree is covered with large bright red flowers, about 10 cm in diameter, collected in large racemes. The flowers rival orchids in beauty, consisting of four pedunculated red petals and one larger upright petal spotted with yellow and white. Flowering trees are a delightful sight that lasts for 1-2 months.

Spiraea thunbergii
It grows naturally in Korea, China, Japan. Her favorite places are mountain slopes, high-lying valleys, which during flowering seem to be covered with a continuous cover of snow.


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