Last week I drove past the Paulownias I wrote about in 2009, and realized that they deserved another blog post. In the four years since that post, all three trees have shot up.
I kept trying to shoot an image with the two paired trees in it, minus the utility lines, but it wasn’t doable without risking life and limb. The trees have grown higher than the house and the utility lines, and have easily tripled (at least) in size.
Two paulownias planted four years ago now shade almost the entire front yard.
The smaller of the two trees measures perhaps 12″ DBH. The once-sunny walkway is now almost entirely shaded.
It’s a little tricky to see, but the right-hand tree is larger than the one to the left. Directly behind it stands a large Japanese maple; in the 2009 post you can see the maple’s fall color, and compare its trunk size to the now-towering Paulownia’s.