Dedicated to the Advancement of Paulownia

16345 Mt. Tabor Rd.
Hagerstown, MD  21740
(301) 790-3075



The purposes of the American Paulownia Association are as follows:
  • To advance the science, technology, education, and practice of the Paulownia culture (Paulownia spp.) including planting, management and utilitzation
  • To discuss, disseminate, and exchange the latest information and ideas concerning Paulownia and propagation materials
  • To encourage landowners to plant, manage, and harvest Paulownia by the best known techniques
  • To use knowledge from research and experience to benefit society
  • To encourage production and marketing of Paulownia for a profit
  • To promote Paulownia and Paulownia products in the domestic and export markets
  • To publish and distribute a news bulletin.
Paulownia wood has been used in Japan for centuries primarily as a furniture wood.  Wooden chests of drawers called Tansu are made from this wood and nearly every Japanese home has a Tansu of solid Paulownia, or sliced Paulownia veneer glued on a Lauan plywood.  The wood is 30% lighter than any comparable American hardwood, falling mid-way between Balsa wood and poplar, being 15 to 19 pounds per cubic foot air dried. 

The tree will not rot when felled in the forest unless it is touching a contaminant of some sort. Logs may be debarked, milled into lumber,and exported or used in established domestic markets.  The lumber can be air dried in as little as 60 days in racks or kiln dried to 10% - 12% moisture in five to seven days.

Other uses of the wood are musical instruments called Koto, wooden clogs called Geta, ornamental carvings, wooden bowls and spoons, bas relief panels, and large and small gift boxes.  While the Japanese do not consider this tree "Holy" the wood is held in reverence by those who work with the tree, possibly due to the ability of the tree to regenerate from its own root.  This, coupled with its resistance to rot and its freedom from checking and cracking, may account for this reverence.

U.S.-based markets are being developed continuously and account for over 80% of all timber harvested domestically. Water and snow sport products make up much of the current usage, and marine grade plywood production efforts are well underway.

The Association sponsors annual meetings with Universities and other sponsors to mesh the experiences from Association members with academia and market service providers to sustain the rapid development of a superior grade and quantity of marketable timber to fill the needs of future generations of wood product users.


  • The Executive Committee elects officers at the annual membership meeting preceding each annual conference.
  • The Communication Committee -- publishes the Association's newsletter to provide the most up-to-date information on current events eaffecting Paulownia production and marketing as well as allow the exchange of ideas and experiences of Association members.
  • The Marketing Committee monitors current log and lumber prices and explores possible new uses for Paulownia wood.
  • The Research Committee experiments and assembles data to be shared by Association members to aid in the production of Paulownia timber.

Members of the Association are individuals who want to stay current on Paulownia, those who are interested in becoming involved in its future in the United States and supporting a green sustainable industry.  The Association has no salaried employees.  All the dues income goes toward achieving the goals of the Association.  We encourage everyone interested in Paulownia to join the Association and become involved.

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