Meaning of paulownia

pau•low•ni•a

Pronunciation: (pô-lō'nē-u), [key]
— n.
  1. a Japanese tree, Paulownia tomentosa, of the bignonia family, having showy clusters of pale-violet or blue flowers blossoming in early spring.
  2. any other tree of the genus Paulownia.
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