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Re: Is anyone growing ....
there are actually a number of other species with p. tomentosa the most common in North America. I grow p. fortunei which has roughly similar characteristics (but white flowers rather than purple)----very fast growth but branches can be rather brittle in high winds, lush looking large leaves that will carpet the ground beneath them but decompose within about a month. can be impressive looking real fast and the flowers are gorgeous (kind of like a jacaranda) but it's not the perfect tree (no tree is) and must be selected with both it's good points and bad points (including potential self-seeding in warm moist summer climates) should be considered.
the upper southern oregon coast
USDA zone 9a (Sunset zone 5)
DRY cool summers and WET cool winters
grow eucalyptus, banksias, telopeas, grevilleas, bottlebrush, mexican pines and oaks