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Yes-know it well-we have have one quite old Paulownia and some young ones planted in our garden.They are surprisingly easy to propagate from seed.The tree is very fast growing-we have had up to 1 metre of growth in a year. Did you know that it is grown commercially in some parts of the world and is used to make very high quality furniture?Fabulous plant!
David J Trevan
If you break open one of those pods, they are filled with papery seeds. Leave them in the fridge to chill for a couple of months, then soak them overnight and off you go!
I have found that when using last year's seed, the germination levels are much lower, but if you leave them in water for several days, they start to germinate, and you can pick out the "live" seeds with tweezers for potting on.
I like to grow them in coppiced fashion - cut right down to either ankle height or waist height each year, to promote huge foliage. Of course, you don't get the flowers, but the leaves are amazing, I've measured them at a yard across!
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