Empress Tree

(Paulownia tomentosa)

“To thine own self be true,” said Polonius,
Especially if you grow the felonious Paulownias.

A tree with lavender, showy bells,
fragrant flowers in the spring,
a legend in the arborist lore,
a rapid growth in the landscaping.

paulownia treeShade in a season,
leaves that are huge,
blossoming flowers,
shade and refuge.
If you don’t like it,
you must be a scrooge.

An alien princess invading the states.
A dragon that threaten’s our land with scour.
It’s spread along roadsides, a forest intruder,
while hiding behind a beautiful flower.

Invasive roots in
your septic drain.
Brown leaves in autumn;
lawn raking pain.
Large, falling limbs in
a hurricane.