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.

Origin of paulownia

1835–45; < New Latin; named after Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for paulownia

Historical Examples of paulownia

  • They stopped first at the bench by the Paulownia, which was in full bloom.

  • Are they sitting at the window, looking out at the judas tree and the Paulownia?


    Rhoda Broughton

  • An oak leaf, the broad reminder of the kiri (paulownia imperialis), such might come from last year's fall.

  • I made a chain for her neck out of the lovely blue Paulownia flowers and covered her with great heart-shaped leaves.

  • We saw during our journey large numbers of kiri (Paulownia) used for making geta and bride's chests.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

British Dictionary definitions for paulownia


  1. any scrophulariaceous tree of the Japanese genus Paulownia, esp P. tomentosa, having large heart-shaped leaves and clusters of purplish or white flowers

Word Origin for paulownia

C19: New Latin, named after Anna Paulovna, daughter of Paul I of Russia
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