a Chinese tree, Paulownia tomentosa, of the bignonia family, having hairy leaves and clusters of fragrant, violet flowers, naturalized in the eastern U.S.
Origin of princess tree
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
Also called karri-tree, empress tree.
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