Paulownia Shan Tong Plantation

        Growth miracle of nature

        The paulownia ...

Paulownia Shan Tong Plantation Bulgaria

       Our contribution

       For a better world

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       Paulownia Shan Tong
       at -25° frost resistant

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Shipping of 40.000 Paulownia plants
A new Paulownia Plantage is created

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       Trade with 
       quality wood

Plantagenbesichtigung mit Harald Lambrü

Paulownien, auch bekannt als Kiribaum, Kaiserbaum oder Blauglockenbaum sind faszinierende Pflanzen, deren rasantes Wachstum beeindruckend ist. Nach nur 10 Jahren ist ein Baum an guten Standorten etwa 18-20m hoch und hat in Brusthöhe einen Durchmesser von über 40cm. Eine Eiche würde hierfür ca. 150 Jahre benötigen, eine schnell wachsende Fichte ca. 70 Jahre.

About Cathaia

Cathaia International GmbH and Co.KG consider itself as a world wide acting company, which develops and implents ecological and sustainable concepts. We specialize in the rapidly growing Paulownia species that we have successfully grown in Europe, Africa and Central America.

Three different business areas build the core of our operations:

1.Plantations: Planing, development and operation of Paulownia plantations
2.Seed stock: Trading with high quality Paulownia Seed stock
3.Timber: Trading with Paulownia timber

Our company philosophy



Forst Plus - Forest of the future

Forst Plus enhances the habitat of many species, especially bees and other pollinators are enjoying the improved range. In addition, Forst Plus binds 16t more carbondioxid per year than normal forest sites.

Worldwide experience

Our plants are successfully cultivated worldwide.

Grünland Plus - mit Paulownien

Durch das Anbaukonzept Grünland Plus lassen sich sowohl die Biodiversität wie auch die Deckungsbeiträge von Grünland deutlich steigern.

Paulownia growth video

We´ve put the Paulownia growth of a growing season in a 60 seconds time lapse. Very impressive!

Our expertise for a greener earth

Economic forum  Ivory Coast - Italy

The invitation to the Economic Forum between the Côte d'Ivoire and Italy, organized by the Milan Expo from 28.09. until 29.09.2015 came for us very surprising, but it made us accordingly proud.

As it turned out, the reason for the invitation lay in our "Cathaia Perma" concept designed for Senegal, which had found its way to the Ivorian Ministry of Economics and met with a genuine interest there. In a personal meeting with the Ivorian minister of economic affairs in Milan, we were able to explain the concept further.


Get to know us

At our trade fair appearances

At various trade fairs you have the opportunity to get to know us and to talk to us personally about the cultivation of Paulownia in Germany and worldwide. However, also topics such as profitability, commercialization of wood, its special properties in furniture construction and other special areas can be discussed there.

At our stand you can see, touch, feel and smell the Paulownia. But you can also experience Paulownia wood in use, from trunk slices to the processed product. It's definitely worth a visit.


Worldwide exchange with Paulownia know-how carriers

Our meeting with the Chinese Paulownia Research Center (CPRC)


In January 2016 Cathaia received an exclusive invitation to the "Chinese Paulownia Research Center" (CPRC) in Zhengzhou. This institute, which is part of the Chinese State Forestry Academy, was founded in 1984 and is the largest research institution in the world dealing exclusively with Paulownia. Only a few private companies were allowed to look behind the walls of this unique institution.

Six different professors with around 70 employees work on all aspects of the Paulownia, including breeding and genetics, cultivation, wood science and economics.

After a welcome from the Institute Director Prof. Li FangDong, a presentation of the institute and a joint workshop, we were allowed to be guided by Prof. Chang to the locations of the Paulownia cultivation, sawmills and the wood processing, to participate on on-depth discussions on cultivation, care and processing methods.

Until today, we maintain a lively contact and benefit from our knowledge gains.