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I'm not 100% sure but I think it changes every year.
What is the most hilarious Tea Party sign you saw?
On Hannity, they keep showing this fat guy with a sign that reads:
"Government Spending is REVOLTING and So Are WE!"
LOL... I couldn't agree with him more...
But I also like the Texas-shaped sign that says "Time To Secede"...
I think most of Liberal America is eagerly anticipating Texas' departure as much as he is!
I'm sure that President Obama thanks her for that complement that was meant as an insult LOL. Some of them need to stay away from big words that they don't understand LOL! That website is so funny and makes some good points.
How invasive is the Royal Empress tree in Texas?
I live in central texas and am concerned about its invasiveness. Will love to hear from some body who lives in Texas and had this tree for a few years. I am about to plant one but don't want to deal with several more Royal Empresses popping up on their own that I can't get rid of.
Paulownia tomentosa (Thunb.) Sieb. & Zucc. ex Steud.
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
Common Name(s): princess tree, princesstree, royal paulownia,and royal empress tree
USDA Plants: PATO2
Description: Deciduous tree to 60 feet (18 m) in height and 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter with large heart-shaped leaves, fuzzy hairy on both sides, showy pale-violet flowers in early spring before leaves, and persistent pecan-shaped capsules in terminal clusters in summer to winter. Abundant flower buds present on erect stalks over winter.
History: Imported to Europe by the Dutch East India Company in the 1830s and brought to North America soon after. Historical records describe its medicinal, ornamental and timber uses as early as the 3rd century B.C. Its ability to sprout prolifically from adventitious buds on stems and roots allows it to survive fire, cutting and even bulldozing in construction areas. It is prized for carving.
Biology & Spread: Princess tree can reproduce from seed or from root sprouts; the latter can grow more than 15 feet in a single season. The root branches are shallow and horizontal without a strong taproot. Seed-forming pollen is fully developed before the onset of winter and the insect-pollinated flowers open in spring. A single tree is capable of producing an estimated twenty million seeds that are easily transported long distances by wind and water and may germinate shortly after reaching suitable soil. Seedlings grow quickly and flower in 8-10 years. Mature trees are often structurally unsound and rarely live more than 70 years.
Ecological Threat: Princess tree is an aggressive ornamental tree that grows rapidly in disturbed natural areas, including forests, streambanks, and steep rocky slopes.
Resembles/Alternatives: Many native shrubs and trees make excellent alternatives to Princess tree. Examples include serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis and A. arborea), redbud (Cercis canadensis), flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), American holly (Ilex opaca), red mulberry (Morus rubra), spicebush (Lindera benzoin), and sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Contact the native plant society in your state for additional recommendations and for information on local sources of native plants.
Management: Princess tree can be controlled using a variety of mechanical and chemical controls. Hand pulling may be effective for young seedlings. Plants should be pulled as soon as they are large enough to grasp. Seedlings are best pulled after a rain when the soil is loose. The entire root must be removed since broken fragments may resprout. Trees can be cut at ground level with power or manual saws. Cutting is most effective when trees have begun to flower to prevent seed production. Because Princess tree spreads by suckering, resprouts are common after cutting. Cutting should be considered an initial control measure that will require either repeated cutting of resprouts or an herbicidal treatment.
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US Habitat: Common around old homes, on roadsides, riparian areas, and forest margins in infested areas. Infrequently planted in plantations. Spreads by wind- and water- dispersed seeds. Invades after fire, harvesting, and other disturbances. Forms colonies from root sprouts.
Im from Louisiana and i dont have one,but i know alot about the plant.