Paulownia imper-ialis is used to a considerable extent as an ornamental tree, but attention has been drawn to the value of its timber. The extreme lightness of the wood has, no doubt, caused it to be neglected. A well-dried branch of a young tree is scarcely heavier than cork. The wood from an old tree is more compact, and is susceptible of a fine silky polish. The striking peculiarity of the wood is that it does not shrink, nor warp, nor split, even when green, or however thin it may be cut. The Japanese use it in thin veneers for the same purposes that we use pasteboard - to make boxes and such like articles.

We may add to the above, from the Garden, that it is a very popular timber tree in its own country, Japan, and it is extensively used wherever light, easily worked wood is desirable. It grows with immense rapidity in our country, in some cases increasing diameter an inch a year.