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leaves blanket the ground
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patchwork quilt for Mother Earth
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rest well ’til the spring

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The genus, originally Pawlovnia
but now usually spelled Paulownia,
was named in honour of Queen Anna Pawlovna
of The Netherlands (1795–1865),
daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia.
It is also called “princess tree”
for the same reason.

Credits: Pavlonia leaf

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