Empress Trees Australia
Timber for Crafts and Construction
Paulownia timber can be used for many applications. It’s loved by builders and craftspeople for its strength-to-weight ratio and durability. Its uses include:
Timber Boats - Surfboards - Interior and Exterior Fittings - Outdoor and Fine Furniture
The Paulownia Tree from China
The Paulownia is a deciduous tree.
Originally from China, the Empress Tree can grow up to 6 metres tall in a single season. There are many variaties and hybrids spread throughout China’s climatic regions. At least six species of Paulownia have been identified:
P.elongata. - P.fagesii. - P.fortunei. - P.glabrata. - P.taiwaniana. - P.tomentosa.
The tree will adapt to a wide range of soil types and climatic influences,but most important for the tree to be able to achieve these fantastic growth rates, is deep fertile soil ,a summer rainfall pattern and good tree management.
Trees that we have harvested on the mid north coastal hinterland of N.S.W. Australia generally average 60cm diameter at 14 to 16 years old.
A long tradition
The tree has been regarded as a bearer of good luck and fortune. For hundreds of years, Paulownia Timber was widely used by the Chinese for Interior construction of houses and temples as well as the creation of furniture, windows, doors and caskets.
It is also commonly known as “The Empress Tree” or Kiri.
Japanese Artisans and Craftsmen, have used this highly prized timber for hundreds of years to create high quality musical instruments such as kotos (harps) ceremonial furniture such as tansa (wedding chest) decorative mouldings, footwear and a great variety of household objects.