SA Paulownia Investment Co. (Pty) Ltd

P O Box 586

Gallo Manor, 2052

Tel : (011) 802-1167

Fax : (011) 802-7060

Fax to email: 0866 724 456 (confidential)


                                        Technical & General Information:


        Name:                      - Paulownia fortunei Megafolia

        Family:                     - Scrophulariaceae.

        Genus:                     - Paulownia.

        Species:                   - Fortunei, Kawakamji, Tomentosa,

                           - Taiwaniana, Songata, Fargesil,

                           - Catalpifolia.

        Common name for genus:



o     Empress tree


       Royal Paulownia


     Royal Princess tree


     Cotton tree


     Kiri (Japan)


     T'ung (China)  




   The Paulownia has been grown in China for at least 2600 years. Some ornamental varieties can be found in the north easte

   seaboard states of the United States. These trees were most likely accidents, started from the seeds used as packaging

   material in shipments received from China in the late 1800's or early 1900's.  

   When China opened its doors after the Cultural   Revolution, an Australian  

   timber company began collecting different types of Paulownia. After more than 

   9 years of research, and $2 million in development costs, the Australians 

   successfully identified over 30 high-performance Paulownia   clones suited to a 

   wide range of end use applications.  The Paulownia fortunei select #2 is one of these varieties that has   performed exceedingly well in desert 


Characteristics of the Wood:


o         Lightweight  (226 to 290 kgs. per cubic meter)

o         Strong

o         Outstanding resonant qualities.

o         Extremely stable (resists warp/crack/deform)

o         Light color; silky smooth finish

o         Grain: fine, straight, knot-free

o         Easy to work. (no chipping or tear-out in planting)

o         Does not require kiln drying

o         Takes stains well

o         12% moisture  

Uses of Paulownia:


o         Veneer constitutes one of the highest value markets

o         Furniture and cabinet making also bring high value

o         Logs for wholesale export market

o         Plywood, particleboard, and flake board

o         Paneling and folding partitions

o         Wood slat blinds for window treatments

o         Musical Instruments due to excellent resonance

o         Toys

o         Pulp

o         Poles

o         Pallets, boxes, and crates

o         Core material (laminated small stock)

o         Molding and picture frames

o         Packing material (natural insulation, biodegradable packing -- no odor or taste)

o         Beehive construction

o         Wicking material for evaporative coolers

o         Activated charcoal for filtration systems

o         Lightweight partitions in airplanes and ships

           Fishing net floats

o        Dairy farm bedding 





o         Mulch and soil amendment

o         Fodder -- Nutritional value similar to alfalfa: appropriate fodder for cattle, goats, sheep, and rabbits,  

         with a protein level of 20% with 60% digestibility.

o         Shade -- The value of shade, particularly for intercropping purposes, is difficult to put a value on, 

         however, is certainly one of its more priceless aspects.

o         Air Purification -- Leaves are nitrogen fixing and very large.  The size of the leaves "inhale" 

         correspondingly large amounts of carbon dioxide and "exhale" large amounts of oxygen

o         Healthcare -- A decoction of Paulownia leaves have been used in China to manage the delirium of  

         typhoid fever, a wash for sores, and   to cure swollen ankles and feet.

o         Mushroom compost -- Abalone mushrooms can be grown in a medium made from Paulownia leaf mulch for

        growing in sheds during summer months.  



Seeds and Flowers:

o    Honey production  

o    Beautification  

o    Aroma and fragrance  

o    Packaging material (seeds)  

o    Herbal medication -- Flowers are used to cure ailments of the liver or  bile, which cause dizziness.  Strangely enough,  when 

                                   the flowers are mixed with scrambled eggs, a medication for treating bronchitis is produced.