Q: You talked about a weed tree from China, a Royal (something). I would like to know the spelling of that weed or tree. I am a woodturner and will have access to a large piece (about 2 feet in dia.) to work with.
A: Theresa Schrum replies: “The weed tree that Walter was talking about is the Royal Paulownia tree, aka Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa).
I understand that the wood is very good for carving and other ornamental uses. Since it is an invasive tree, my advice is to cut as many as you can. Just make sure you ask the owners first.”