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Saturday, April 23, 2011

A surprise on the west side

When I saw this Royal Paulonia today in front of a home on Westport, I knocked on the door to get the story. The homeowner says he bought it out of a magazine. He's cut it to the ground twice, and he says "it's a real nuisance."

However, this spring it is filled with flower buds, and as far as I can tell they remain viable. If it does come into its full lavender glory, I will send out an APB to the press and the local authorities.

(I found an add for this tree on the internet: "The Royal Empress Tree is easy to grow. Simply add water… stand back and watch how fast it soars!" How could one resist? Unfortunately it's a might tender for our area.)

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