Leaves don't look right for angels trumpet, but...
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Forgot to say it is grown in Australia amongst other places for timber.
In this country it is also grown in sub tropical bedding where it is cut back hard each year to get enormous leaves!
Another name is the Empress Tree. We find it propagates very easily from seed but also suckers and can be done also from root cuttings.
There are probably few large trees more beautiful than this In our garden woodpeckers love it!
In Asia very high quality furniture is made from the wood, often intricately carved.
David J Trevan
I should have looked more closely - I knew that really.
I think it might be Paulownia that I've seen in Paris in the spring?
David Trevan, thanks for ID of Paulownia tormentosa. I feel quite embarassed as I have one in the garden. It's only 1 metre and hasn't flowered yet.
Easily done, the foliage of Paulownia and Catalpa are very similar!
Sadly, we have a very large tree of Paulownia in our garden that has declined and now died.Luckily we have raised several plants from seed and now have a number of others established in the garden. We are at the moment leaving the original tree to the wildlife and it is getting covered with Ivy and Clematis armandii.In the meantime we look out on a huge dead Paulownia-how long before we succumb to the tree surgeon I don't know!!!
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