Paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Steud. = Paulownia imperialis Siebold & Zucc. ) is a species of tree in the Paulowniaceae family, native to Asia, used both as an ornamental tree and as timber. Invasive1, it is of silvicultural interest in the perspective of global warming.
The generic name was given by Philipp Franz von Siebold in honor of Anna Pavlowna, then Queen of the Netherlands. The specific epithet tomentosa means “felt”, alluding to the foliage whose underside is very woolly.