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Asked August 13, 2018, 8:51 AM EDT

Will Paulownia tomentosa survive here in Douglas Co?

Douglas County Colorado trees and shrubs

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Hello,
The Paulownia Tomentosa can survive in Colorado, however, due to the cold winters here, the plant may never become a tree. It will die back to its roots each year then re-grow from its roots each spring. In other words it could be a really cool bush so long as the roots keep surviving the winter. Another thing to keep in mind is the variety does not like clay soils. You will need to amend the soil greatly with organic matter before planting and be sure to plant the Paulownia Tomentosa in a sunny, well drained area. Also, winter watering of this variety will be crucial to its survival over winter especially for the first few years of it being newly planted.