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Royal Empress Trees

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We've seen our empress trees grow as much as 18 ft. in just one year. They're great for homes that need a mature shade tree...quick! Huge leaves give you dense shade, and lavender flowers give you sweet-smelling blooms for weeks in the spring.

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Royal Empress Trees

"It grew 18 feet the first season!"


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better, thicker shade the first full growing season.

1 Gallon

Ships this Mon, Apr 21
List: $39.95
Sale: $29.96
6 at $28.46 ea.
Empress Tree Planting Mix
Empress Tree Planting Mix

Specially developed to help your Empress Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $10.46
Espoma Plant Food
Espoma Plant-Tone

Specially formulated to deliver dazzling results, Espoma Plant-Tone is a premium all-natural supplement for most all your plants, flowers and vegetables.

Plant-Tone's organic formula contains Espoma's own proprietary blend of essential microbes, prepared after evaluating the results from extensive tests conducted at leading research universities.

Plant Tone
Sale: $13.46

Ships at the Proper Planting Time for Your Area
South ships on date above. North ships in spring.

I wouldn't have believed it, had I not seen my father-in-law plant the Empress Tree months earlier. 

My in-laws are farmers and definitely know what they’re doing, but I still had to grow one in my yard. 

We had a spot where I wanted to block the afternoon sun and provide a little privacy between us and our neighbor. 

I planted our Royal Empress Tree late in the season, so I knew it wouldn't grow much before going dormant. Still, it reached about 6 feet. 

My Father-in-law wasn’t impressed. He said “cut it down and you’ll really see a show”. “But I’ll lose all this growth”, I replied. “No you won’t” he said, “you’ll get it back in a few weeks, just watch”. He took a saw and cut it flat to the ground. 

He was right. This tree is indestructible! It shot out of the ground in spring and grew 15 feet that year, then reached 25 feet the next year. It was like watching Jack and the Beanstalk. 

You could measure its growth daily. My 6 year old was out there almost every day staring at it. Two of my neighbors thought it was so beautiful, they each planted an Empress Tree of their own. I've even had professional landscapers stop and ask me where they can find them. 

It’s an entertaining tree year-round. In the winter, its branches are covered with furry, pea sized buds, just waiting to burst into huge flowers. At the first sign of spring, the tree explodes with purple blooms. Cars slow down to look at it. The fragrance is incredible… it’s like a cross between gardenia and jasmine. 

When summer comes, the tree forms a dense canopy that can drastically cut your power bills. The leaves are huge, measuring about a foot wide. They’re almost tropical looking. When they drop in the fall, it’s an easy clean up... not like my Oaks that scatter tens of thousands of tiny leaves. 

Plus, bigger leaves mean fewer branches, so you get more sunlight and natural heat coming through in the winter when you need it most. 

Best of all, this is a flowering tree you don’t have to baby. It grows almost everywhere, from Mexico to Canada, preferring zones 5-11. It has no significant insect or disease problems, tolerates drought, and grows in almost any kind of soil, even toxic ones. It's a hardwood tree that lives to an old age. 

You can also feel good that you’re planting one of the most environmentally beneficial trees in the world. Your Empress Tree will have large leaves that act as giant air filters, pulling pollution out of the air at a remarkable rate, turning it into wood, then releasing high amounts of beneficial oxygen. 

This year’s Empress Trees are in short supply. Recent publicity and recommendations from TV shows like Oprah have fueled demand. 

Just beware that not all Empress Trees are the same. Some nurseries use wild seed that doesn't grow as quickly. Others use growth inhibitors to keep their trees smaller for shipping. This can stay in the tree for several months, giving you disappointing results. 

Fast Growing Trees Nursery uses proven stock that's faster growing, hardier and better formed... ready for explosive growth.

Growing Zones: 5-11

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 30-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Paulownia elongata
Form When Arrives: sparse branching
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-11
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-11
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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

Save Money

Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

When Will I Get My Order?

Northern Areas shaded on the below Map are shipped in Spring. You can find your ship date next to Your Growing Zone on the chart below. If this is a Gift, or you want your plants sooner, we’re happy to ship them out right away.

Southern & Western Areas colored White on the Map are generally shipped right away unless the product page gives a specific ship date. If you prefer to plant later in spring when the weather warms up, just let us know and we’ll delay your shipping.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
  Zone 5 April 15th
  Zone 6,7,8,9,10,11 Ships Now

Can I Plant Now?

Yes…Your Royal Empress Trees can be planted any time of year… even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. ;

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ ~28% of order

It's Easy to Plant your Royal Empress Trees

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Royal Empress Trees.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Royal Empress Trees gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Royal Empress Trees again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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By: Julie Smith
Our Royal Empress Tree is amazing! We call it "the Charlie Brown" tree because it just looks so different than all the others. Planted it last spring 2013-A big long "stick". Literally-a stick about 4'tall. No leaves, no branches; nothing. Planted it anyway and followed the instructions for care. Late May it began to show life! Huge leaves appeared. AWESOME! Today it stands about 15' tall and only has 5 branches coming out the top of it. I know from last year though, that these few branches will provide plenty of space for all those huge leaves and wonderful shade they bring. We still haven't seen the flower show and eagerly await their arrival this spring. I have since purchased a couple more of these babies for my parents and my mother in law. So Cool! Seriously recommend!

By: Bill G New Braunfels Texas
Planted my 4 ft empress only four weeks ago and it has withstood the recent heavy Texas frost and started to bud leaves!! Can't believed it survived the frost.

By: Melia
I got one of these trees as a gift for Mother's Day this year(2013) and heard such great reviews that I decided to buy another one from Fast Growing Trees.

The first one(from someplace else) came in an egg carton and grew 1foot total. the leaves got about the size of a grapefruit. To date, the tree lost all of it's leaves the first frost.

I planted the second tree, from Fast Growing Trees, a month later. The tree came perfectly packaged and much healthier looking than the first tree. The tree cost $37.00, was 12 inches tall with leaves the size of my 2 hands cupped together.

I followed the planting directions just as I did the first and that tree went nuts! It grew 11 feet to this date in October 2013.

My entire family constantly asks and comments on the difference between the two trees. We have decided to cut the small tree down to see if it takes off in the spring. I do not think I have the courage to cut the tree from Fast Growing Trees down so we will see how the two compare next spring.

I have been so impressed with the tree from Fast Growing Trees that I ordered quite a few more trees. All have done wonderfully thus far. My male ginkgo has turned out just as beautiful with it's striking bright yellow foliage in my front yard.

We have 11 acres and these trees provide a wonderful array of colors throughout the year.

Thank you Fast Growing Trees for making it possible for someone like me (who usually kills everything I try to grow) to create a beautiful park like yard!

By: Louis Becerra
I ordered my tree in May and received it within a week. It was about 6 inches and I planted as per the directions.
Here it is October 29th and the tree is now 6' 2" and growing beautiful.
Can hardly wait to see the flowers.

By: Cindy Eggleston
We purchased three in June of 2013. It is the end of October and one is over 8 feet tall, one is about 5 1/2 feet tall and one is about three feet tall. I was very concerned when we got them as they were only about two inches tall! I can't wait to see how much more they grow, there are several similar trees in town that I know did not come from here and they are more like bushes then tree's. Ours look like trees, can't wait to see what another year does for them!

By: Rita
Love our royal empress tree- we ordered another one this year for our yard and one for our son and daughter-in-law-everything it has been billed to be!

By: Wayne Phillips
I planted my royal Empress tree July 5 2013
and it arrive July 3, It cam in about 8 to 12 inches with about 4 leaves. Today Sept 2nd it is about 6 feet tall and looking great. we have had Preyamanis bugs baby under leaves and noticed small green Spyders. Other than that it is growing well. Neighbors are asking what we have for a tree. Can't wait for Spring to see flowers.

We have 7 Royal Empress trees in our yard and what a site they are! You can almost watch them grow. Three have been planted now for 3 years and are 25-30 feet tall. Two others are 15 feet tall and two I just planted have already grown 2 feet. No complaints here! And we live in cold, snowy Ohio.

By: gary
I am in north florida. I purchased and empress tree in may 2013. it came in a great package. I followed the planting instructions and it started off slow as they said it would. its now been in the ground 3 months and it is around 5 feet tall and has leaves 2 feet wide. I cant wait to cut it down this winter and watch it take off next spring....great product and I will be buying more!

By: Kim Fournier
Our tree is three years old and about 30 feet tall. We had two nights of heavy frost this past spring that killed off the leaf buds, but the tree came back with a vengeance. We're looking forward to seeing it flower next spring.

By: Jodi
The site descriptors for this tree all were true. It is hearty. And it GROWS. In it's third summer, it produces shade. I ordered a second tree and it is taking off as well.

By: Portia Russell
Growing well in its first year.

By: Karianne
We ha bought three of these all total, and only one of them is growing well. One died in transit and I couldn't bring it back and the other, even though planted five feet away from the first...just struggled and struggled, so I finally cut it down to the ground and hope it might start over. We'll see...

By: J Hooper
I planted one in 2008. At the end of the season, the trunk died and snapped off at ground level. Spring 2009 it sprouted characteristic leaves from ground level. By fall it was 7 feet tall. Currently this tree has an 8" diameter trunk and is about 20 feet tall. It has had issues with strength to withstand very high winds (80 mph or greater), losing the top 1/3 on two occasions.

The flowers are pretty & birds enjoy nesting in the dense canopy.

By: Beryl Hesketh
in a year it has grown to about 18" and has 20 leaves, slow, slow, slow!!!

By: Lisa Brodyaga
The Royal Empress has struggled a little with our heat and drought, but it is still managing to put out new leaves, and I look forward to blossoms next year.

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