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I.D. lilac/wisteria blooming tree

Posted by astolar 6 PA (My Page) on
Mon, May 16, 05 at 13:20

This is a tree I.D. question, but specific to the Mid-Atlantic, so I'll ask here first.

What is the deciduous tree that is blooming now with very large "lilac / wisteria-like" blooms? I've seen them used as ornamental trees, and growing along the roadside.
Thanks, Anne

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RE: I.D. lilac/wisteria blooming tree

You might be referring to Red Bud which forma a rather large heart shaped dark green leaf. The color is a pure reddish lilac and the flower buds are tiny but profuse. I particularly like the weeping form that I've seen in home landscapes. I'd take a picture of mine but it was an end of year closeout and has just been the ground over this winter. It shouls look better next spring.

RE: I.D. lilac/wisteria blooming tree

Some have successfully trained wisteria into a tree form or it has grown up a tree and looks as if the tree is blooming wisteria blossoms. Lilacs can also look a bit wisteria like.

RE: I.D. lilac/wisteria blooming tree

Could it be the Empress tree? It's got that lilac color but I'm not sure if it's blooming yet this year. It's a little weedy the way it self seeds along roads etc. It's from China originally.

Here is a link that might be useful: Empress Tree (Paulownia)

RE: I.D. lilac/wisteria blooming tree

I think they are the Paulownias because I see a ton of them in the woods blooming right now. Eventually they'll leaf out.

RE: I.D. lilac/wisteria blooming tree

Thanks, Kato B and Jenny in Pa. It is a Paulownia tomentosa (Empress Tree). Anne

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