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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

World's Fastest Growing Tree

Height:

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.

2-3 ft.

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Height:

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.

1-2 ft.

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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:

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
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TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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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 and can be invasive. 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 non-invasive, faster growing, and hardier... your tree arrives 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, WI
Growing Zones 5-11
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-11
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant your Royal Empress Trees

Specific Directions for Royal Empress Trees

Your Royal Empress tree will do well in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Be sure to plant your tree at least 10 feet away from structures or 3 feet away from sidewalks and watch it take off! Also prepare yourself for the beautiful blooms that will be produced every Spring for 6 to 8 weeks in April and May.

Make sure that your Royal Empress tree doesn't sit in a low elevation of the yard, where it could sit in standing water. When you give your Royal Empress Tree water, your soil should be moist, not over saturated or soggy. Allow the soil to dry 2 to 3 inches down in between waterings.

Your tree will love sandy soils and potting mix that is blended with your natural soil. Make sure that your soil is well drained and your Royal Empress Tree will happily adapt to the natural soil in your area.

An organic fertilizer that's high in Nitrogen will give your Royal Empress Tree a boost. They love fertilizer and can be fertilized twice a month during the growing season. Once August rolls around it's time to stop fertilizing your tree in order to allow it to properly prepare for winter dormancy.


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

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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My tree arrived today. Not worthy of a gallon plant, as it is less than three inches tall. We shall see, I guess
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December 31, 2012
I was excited to buys these after reading reviews and seeing the photos. I ordered 6 trees and the only size choice was ""one gallon""but was shocked when I found my 6 plants buried in the one gallon pots of mulch and they were one inch (not foot) tall. other reviews remarked about 2-4 foot trees but these were very small. I only hope they really do grow fast or my privacy plans will many years down the road
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December 31, 2012
On this website the Royal Empress tree is a ""recommended"" tree for planting in Wisconsin, however this tree is BANNED by the Department of Natural Resources. Please be a responsible homeowner and do your homework before planting illegal invasive plants
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December 31, 2012
Beautiful!
I live in Central Texas, Copperas Cove to be exact, and had never seen an Empress Tree or anything like it, so I wanted one. The tree arrived in a cardboard box in the 1 gallon size pot I ordered. Due to the high heat we've had here over the past month, the tree took a bit of a hit during shipping. The leaves were yellow/brown - but the rest of the tree looked OK. I gently pulled the icky leaves off and it didn't seem to do any harm. The "trunk" is about a half inch wide and about 2 foot tall.
I planted it in a larger pot, to remain on my patio until I know where it's permanent home will be.
Once in it's new pot, this tree has taken off! I have 8 new leaves that have shot up an extra 6 inches of trunk so far. I am truly amazed at how fast this tree does grow! The leaves on it are big and a beautiful rich green color. The entire tree is strong. I've added another stake to give it added strength as it grows. I water it every other day, which it seems to really like. Not a thorough soaking, just about 1/4 to 1/2 a gallon of water...I wouldn't give it that much, but because it is over 100 degrees every day, it needs the extra. If you live in my area and are depending on natural rain to water your plant - it will die as we haven't gotten much rain at all this year. Newly transplanted plants, especially young ones, need to be hand watered!! I bought a few gallons of distilled water, and I m is it with the regular water so the plant doesn't get a full dose of our hard water right at first.
This may sound a little strange, but plants that has leaves like this....little hairs on it - I was told that if I was going to "handle" any part of this tree - to make sure I wash my hands before touching it. For whatever reason - Oils & Dirt you have on your hands , transfers to the leaves, trunk, and it will get sick. I now wash my hands every time I go to tend to this tree. Not only do I not want to risk the trees health because of the money or time I've put into it, I wouldn't want it to get sick and die. That's just what I was told by a local nursery.
Overall, I love this little tree and am excited to watch it grow and flower! FGT.com has great service and I'll continue to purchase from them.
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August 21, 2014
Had high hopes but tree isn't getting high at all!
I bought and planted this tree May of 2013. It is now Aug 2014 and the tree has only grown about 12 inches, if that. It did get branches and big leaves and blooms. But, the tree is still a skinny, short, tree. Very disappointed.
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August 3, 2014
Not good for Central Texas. Needs a lot more water than it will ever get naturally in this area. Leaves droop when it does not have enough water, much like when a houseplant needs water.Tree is also not a fan of late frosts, which killed the tree this year. However, the root system was fine and it did spring up a new tree next to the old one.The zones where this tree can thrive needs to be updated
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
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
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
Fast grower
I bought the Royal Empress about 3 months ago it arrived about 10" tall, my wife decided to mow the lawn while I was at work and mowed over the tree... It came to life and has grown over a foot in the last couple of weeks.
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August 4, 2014
Four years after buying my Royal Empress Trees from www.fast-growing-trees.com they are now both somewhere around 30 feet tall. I love my trees sooooo much and constantly get comments on the size of the leaves. My only question is why have they never produced flowers?
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December 31, 2012
Ordered and planted 2 of these in spring 2013. Both are growing well in sunny locations. One trunk broke somehow down to the ground in the winter, and this spring brought it back and it is growing so fast now! This tree is now about 8' tall and very robust. Haven't seen any flowers yet. When do they begin to bloom? Live in the deep south so almost no frost and never any snow so there should be no reason for it not to bloom here
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December 31, 2012
When the trees arrived, they were only six inch sprouts with a couple of leaves each. I was worried that they would not root because the mulch used in shipping was mostly wood chips and very dry. Boy was I wrong.I planted two Royal Empress trees on 29 Jun 2013. I had read that they can grow as much as 8-12 feet in one year? Well the first one, in my front yard is ""only"" 5 and half feet high in twelve weeks. We still have a lot of growing season in Florida left for this year so? it should easily make the 8 ft. statement? Now, regards my second tree, planted on the same day in my side yard. Well?. It is nearly eleven feet tall and growing so fast, I think if you stand there long enough you can see it growing!! Eleven feet in twelve weeks? amazing!Unless something unforeseen happens, I expect the second tree to reach 16-18 feet in short order. Amazing trees? my only warning? These trees are growing very fast, have huge leaves, and until they mature a little they are supporting these huge leaves on a very soft and fragile stock. High winds tend to snap off some of the leaf stems. I am not sure what would happen to these trees if we got a tropic storm while they were in this rapid growth phase. Anyway, I am shocked by the growth rate and am looking forward to seeing the tree flower in the future.
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
I bought the smallest tree you have. I keep in in the house right now where it gets filtered light. I took it out side to get full sun. About 30 minutes later the edges of the leaves were burned and the leaves were drooping. I brought it in,gave it a lot of water and it picked back up. I'm afraid to put it outdoors just yet. Don't know when to do the transfer, afraid it might die
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
I just received my tree (?) 4 days ago. At first, I wasn't sure where it was. All of the soil in the pot had come out and was all over the plastic bag covering the plant. Once I found what I think was the root, I immediately used the planting mix along with other soil to plant into a 5-gallon pot. I couldn't tell if any part of the very small root should stick above the soil, so I covered it. Watered it well. Just waiting to see if it does anything. Very disappointed with the shhipping, though. Hope my shipment of the windmill palms goes much better
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December 31, 2012
I bought two Royals five months ago and one was brokenin shipping and I could not get it to grow. It finally withered and died. I kept the second in a large pot to use when a new house we are building is ready in December. This plant keeps budding, growing small leaves then drops them all it is just a stick in the pot now about 14 inches tall
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
1 year ago
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
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December 31, 2012
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4 years ago
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!
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Tree so far!
I have only had this a few months and it is growing very fast. Started out about 8" tall now close to 2.5 to 3 feet tall. I would recommend staking and loosely attaching to stake. The leaves are very large and get ahead of the new root system. I came out to see that the wind blew it over. I re-elected it and staked it. I thought it might have killed it. It took right off and was actually bigger the next day. You can watch this grow daily. I can't wait to see what happens next year, as winter is approaching her in upstate New York.
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September 9, 2014
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3 months ago
Very strong and hearty tree
I'm not sure how these trees will fare over the winter, but I do know there has been substantial growth since they were planted. They have leafed out and currently look very strong. I cannot wait to see what happens next year based on what I've read. I don't believe I'll be disappointed. Perhaps they will even flower since they appear to grow so fast. I'll be able to give a better assessment then. Thanks! Diana D.
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September 6, 2014
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3 months ago
Amazing tree
Last summer 2013, my little tree was a stick in the ground basically. It grew a little and became a longer stick. The stick stayed strong through the harsh winter. When spring broke, some rude person broke it off. However, they actually did me a favor, because shortly after that little buds started growing around the stump. Every day the buds got bigger and bigger. The stump still remained a stump, but before I knew it there were leaves growing all around the stump. All summer, this tree has been growing from a stump barely sticking out of the ground, to almost 6 feet tall -- I haven't measured it yet, but I'm 5'7" and its taller than me. I wish I could post a before and after picture here, so you could see for yourself. I am so looking forward to when it starts to flower!
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September 3, 2014
Claims seem true!
The tree was delivered on June 06, 2014 and was planted the same day. I took a lot of harassment as the "tree" was barely 3" tall with only 5 leaves, each about the size of a dime. It looked like a Green Q-tip! It has only been planted 86 days now and is 5' tall and about 4' in diameter and the leaves set easily 18-20" across. Needless to say the harassment has turned to envy! I am anxious to see fall arrive and to see how large this tree will be by the end of next year's growing season.
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September 2, 2014
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3 months ago
Bought two of these trees about 5 years ago... they were about 12-18"" when we got them.. they are now both at least 60 feet tall and now spreading out wide. We live in Central Texas, where we have been in a drought, so I am guessing that is why we have not had flowers really... but it has plenty of big leaves. We recently expanded our patio and the workers loved taking breaks under them because they produce so much shade. My one neighbor keeps having to cut it back on his side of the fence because it grows over his garden and prevents sun... but other then that they are great trees if you need shade fast
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
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
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December 31, 2012
I have two Royal Empress and they have lived up to the reviews however, I see now that they seemed to be affected by frost. Will they come back in the spring or should I have done something prior to the frost
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December 31, 2012
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3 years ago
Only gave 3 stars because it's a little early to rate the tree. The first one I received at about 1 foot tall didn't survive and died back quickly with proper planting. With one email Fast Growing Trees shipped a replacement, which is getting off to a slow start but still alive. Next summer will tell the story and I'll try to update my review
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
i have purchace twice with no luck both died but, not giving up
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
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
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December 31, 2012
I have purchased 5 Royal Emoress Trees (2-6 ft and 3 2-3 ft). Planted with much care in the spring the 3 smaller trees (potted) did not live beyond the summer. The 2 larger trees arrived early spring bare-rooted, no limbs, and topped at ~6 ft in height. These too were planted with much care and attention. The first one branched out within 2 months but did not survive into the fall. The second branched out with 4-5 branches abut 6"" long before going dormat in the fall. This spring it is growing great....however, branches are growing horizontally. Has gained no height. Not sure how it will continue to grow having been topped at 6'. Certainly will not replace any
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
Mine was amazing
I have moved away from where I planted this tree but I have to tell you my experience with it. I bought the tree for a back yard that had no shade. Of course I was a bit skeptical on how fast it wold grow but was excited to find out. It didn't matter i wanted a tree back there. It came perfectly packaged and in great condition. I was very impressed first with the care that was taken to get it to me safely. I followed all the directions in the packing and planted my little 12" tree (or stick with some leaves at the time" and waited for it to grow. Low and behold, with in 6 months it out grew my 3 year old grandson. It was so much fun watching it grow. When I drove by the house about a year ago I could see it in the back yard towering over the house and even though I could tell it was not being taken care of like I took care of it, it was still alive. I planted the foot tall tree in late 2009 and in 5 years it was taller than the house. If you want to get shade fast for your home I highly recommend this tree. I am planning to buy more myself as soon as I clear it with my husband. Enjoy!!!!
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September 19, 2014
From Powderly, TX, US
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Awsome
I would recommend this tree, I bought two about 2-3 months ago. I have one that is roughly 9 ft. it was planted in what use to be where a chicken house was, the other is about 4 ft. tall it was planted in regular soil. The leaves are around 12 - 14" in diameter on both trees.
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September 15, 2014
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3 months ago
First planted three years ago is now 30-40 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Gorgeous. Didn't flower this year because we had a cold and late winter, but the one planted last fall, just a sprig, is 4 ft tall and full of leaves. Both trees are very hardy
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
I got my tree in 2010 and it has grown to 20 feet high by 20 feet wide, but we had a very harsh & cold winter in 2013-2014 here in Illinois. It is now May 20th 2014 and it has yet to produce leaves. So I don't know if the harsh winter killed it or not, but the tree did grow, on average 5 feet a year
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December 31, 2012
I WAS SO DISSAPOINTED WHEN MY 1ST SHIPMENT OF EMPRESS TREES DIDN,T ARRIVE, I CONTACTED CUSTOMER SERVICE WHO PROMPTED RESHIPPED MY TRESS & THEY ARE ALL DOING GREAT!! I,M SO IMPRESSED- THANK-YOU ALLISON & LAURA! I,LL DEFINITLY BE ORDERING MORE
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December 31, 2012
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.
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
My two empresses have been very shy.the two bare sticks came about 18 inches tall.After one growth season they have beached, have big leaves but have not gained any height. Should I cut them like the inlaw did
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
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!
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
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
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
Bought 2 in August of 2012...kept one and gave one for a gift...both died...they were both planted per instructions day after delivery...did not survive winter...and we had a mild winter last year...
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
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Growing well in its first year.
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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..
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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.
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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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in a year it has grown to about 18"" and has 20 leaves, slow, slow, slow!!
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This tree is very pretty, and it grew very well in my bathtub. I can't help but notice the fact that squirrels like to live inside its trunk quite much. They raised several children, and I'm pretty sure the male squirrel would beat his wife constantly. That's nothing to do with the tree itself, but it does tend to attract squirrels. I think that maybe if you coated it in something that squirrels don't like, possibly some oil and light it on fire or something, then maybe they wont come onto the tree and make it into a home. In a final note, I'm very glad I bought this tree, and I'd buy another but I have to spend my money on string for my pet Goldfish before he dies of diabetes or something. I knock a star off because of the squirrel factor, but I'd keep it if I could eat the squirrels. Sadly they squirm around when you try to pick them up with your knife and fork, unlike the Oak trees I have bought in the past, where they sit patiently, waiting for me to eat them
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I live in Indiana and I still do not have leaves on the two royal Empress trees what do I do? The suckers are on the roots but not the tree.
claudette e on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: These trees do not have flowers until they are in the soil and have grown some. My tree did is about 16 feet now and is doing beautifully. I line in TN and the ice storm this year caused a lot of blossom bulbs to freeze so I just got flowers and for a short time. The leaves are now just getting larger. I planted an additional two trees and they are doing fine, but they are only about 2 feet high. Their leaves are huge! I love these trees. They do grow fast and are very sturdy, especially with the winds. Be patient, they will sprout up before your eyes and during a spring, will have the most beautifully breath taking flowers along with the sweetest fragrance. You will be very happy!
Reply · Report · cecelia m on May 31, 2014
Can a person cut it back and keep it at a certain height every year with out killing it?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. This acts as a reset switch and the tree grows back fuller, faster and stronger. It's suggested that a person cuts their Royal Empress Tree down to the ground every Spring if the tree didn't provide at least 4 feet of growth during the past year.
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My tree is apprx 30 feet tall and 4 years old and has bloomed and produced beautiful flowers and leaves every year. However, this year, it has no buds or leaves yet. It almost looks dead. How do I tell?
sharon v on Jun 5, 2014
Best Answer: Remember, most of the US had a COLD, HARD winter! Give your tree some time, thru June. Hopefully, it will bounce back.
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I received my empress tree and it was nothing more than a single stem 4 or 5 inches high. I have decided to just grow it like a flimsy plant. I'm open to ideas though. Should I just leave it in the pot it came in and hope it grows?
Liz W on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree responds very well to being cut down to the ground. They spring up 6 to 10 feet the first year after being planted. It will be best to go ahead and plant your tree. The root system will establish quickly and take off. Follow to planting and care instructions provided by the link below for the best results.

http://www.plantingdirections.com/?s=royal+empress
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My Empress tree is 4 yr. old and has never had flowers it is a nice shade tree 45 feet tall I was so looking for word to the flowers I can't seem to find the reason why can anyone help?
shebababie on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: What zone are you in? Flower buds form on tree in fall and are carried through the winter. Did you have buds at all? My tree was about 25 feet tall and six inch caliper at base, and had about 50 flower buds, but the extreme cold winter we had in mid Michigan killed the tree above ground. I cut it off at ground level and am starting over. Currently about two feet tall. Lol
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should I use a tree tube around my newly planted empress trees to protect them from damage the first year or so?
James F on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: Hi James, I didn't use a tree tube, but I did paint the trunk. I learned I have tons of earwigs that have been feasting on my trees. Now using Tanglefoot (organic property) & the trees r looking much better. I hope this has been helpful. I love my Royal Empress trees! :-)
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Does this tree put out seeds that then grow even more of the trees?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: no, it doesn't put out seeds (that i know of) but it's ability to grow quickly off one stem is impressive!
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What is the typical lifespan for these trees?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: Hi, got a neighbor with a Royal Empress that is 30 years old. I bought 5, 2 years ago at about 5 ft high that looked like broom handles when i got them very meticulously packaged. Do not bury too deep. I buried all about 6 inches underground. I soaked for 8 hours as directed babied them along with my own mixture of , 2 hand fulls of manure in 2 gl of water and used grow soil for bushes and trees. watered 3 times a week and in 2 weeks the fireworks started. Leaves as big as basketballs sprouted from top to bottom. In 3 months i had a seven ft tree 1 in in diameter. I have the Pawlomia Southern variety. I live in Central Ar. Believe this or not my trees diameter is now 4 inches and 20 ft high. Did not flower first year. 2nd yr beautiful Purple flowers in the Spring. Compliments and inquiries galore on what kind of tree. Mulched after 9 months in November to impede Frost. 27 Months later, 20 ft high and growing daily. We had a wet Spring and boy can you tell. Also, every 10 days take 2 heaping tablespoons of Miracle grow and water each tree with this mixture. Thank You , You made me a Master gardener. LOL. Little advice I would not plant too close to house. I planted 15 ft from Gazebo , 2 ea and 25 ft from house. Working out great. So what ya waiting for. Get em in the ground In Spring and you will see results in 6 months with proper care. Once rooted, boom , watch em grow. Perry,Bee Branch Central Arkansas zone 7B!!!!!
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How does these Empress tree do in windy area?
Debbie D on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I live on the Texas gulf coast we have not had a major full blown huricane since we planted our tree we have had winds up to 75-80 miles per hour and the tree hasn't lost any limbs and only limited leaves.
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If tip of tree has died between first and second year of growth do I cut it off?
Carla L on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can, but you don't have to. The tree will grow past it. If the tree has a lot of dead wood, but has a good healthy root ball, you can cut the tree off at the base and it will shoot up a new healthy tree. I had one I had to cut down and it kept trying to regrow from the root ball for almost a year. Once established, the tree will grow like a weed.
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Do royal empress trees have roots that damage side walks ?
Don R on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: If you plant the tree too close to the sidewalk, it may damage the sidewalk when it gets larger due to the roots getting large and displacing the dirt. I haven't noticed them surface rooting, although mine were only 2 1/2 years old when I moved. They were 20 feet tall and about 10 feet wide at the time.
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i have 5 empress tres all planted at same time.one tree has smaller leaves than the rest. is this normal?also 4 of the trees froze out during this past winter but are coming up from the roots but trunk of looks dead.what to do?i live in w va.chet sampson
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
Best Answer: Cut down the trunk and allow one of the shoots to grow.
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how do you grow empress tree from seed?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: No we grow our Royal Empress Trees are grafted.
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I was keenly interested in plantation since my childhood. By profession I was a university lecturer in Nepal. Despite being a job holder, I frequently used to go for plantation in my village as I got the leave. Now there are growing different species of plants in my private land. As I heard about poulownia tree, I have planted almost one thousand plants of this species this year only and I am thinking to grow its quantity in the years to come.But I am worried about its market and actual price like how to sell and where to sell etc.could you please answer me ?
Bhuwan L on Jun 28, 2014
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do the roots grow above ground?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: I've had mine planted for 4 years now, and I do see some roots above the ground despite deep watering. I never experienced the rapid growth with my tree that others have had, this was the first year I saw rapid growth, which also resulted with roots at ground level.
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how do you keep the worms off empress trees ?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
Best Answer: Never had trouble with worms....just planted it, let it grow, let one of the neighbor kids break off the top of it during the winter ("I thought it was a stick!"), then watched it grow about 13' this summer. Pretty cool tree....and it's just about to start flowering, if the buds are any indication.
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Leaves on my 1/2 year old and 6 feet tall tree are eaten by something (there are many holes on the leaves) What it could be, and how to fight it?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2014
Best Answer: Not sure what could be eating on your tree but I have a lot of bugs eating on other plants and a friend told me to get some insect spray called "eight'. It works great, hope this helps.
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How is your Empress tree non-invasive? Id really like to plant one but ive been reading alot of negative things about them destroying eco systems.
gsxr0383 on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: I have 5 growing on different properties where I needed shade for my rental houses. I see no such signs of destroying anything except high utility bills. In an cultural paradigm shift where people are now much more in sync with energy conservation facts need to be front and center. Shade, blocking the sun from hitting the house, is the BEST insulation available.

Each tree is growing at a rapid pace and thriving. I live within 5 minutes of all my rentals and drive by weekly. There is no investation of royal empress as with oaks. I have live oaks and can not get the new sapplings from acorns dropping under control. The grass around the empress trees is fine. The pre existing trees are not stressed or lacking for water and are fine.

I don't know what else I could tell you other than I have plans to buy more of these trees in the future.
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how high does the tree get before it forks out?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
Best Answer: my tree is app. four years old and it is taller than my two story house with all byt six to seven feet of the trunk being straight unforked.
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How close can I plant this tree to my house? Because it grows so fast are roots invasive?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: I wouldn't plant the tree closer than 20 to 25 feet from your house just because the tree will get pretty large over time. I have recently moved, but the last trees I had were over 20 feet tall and had a width of 10 feet or so and they were only 2 1/2 years old. They didn't seem to be very invasive, but new trees will grow from the root system if the primary plant is cut down. I hope this helps!
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Is this the Paulownia kawakamii type(more roundish is profile) and not the elong type?
Christine D on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: Correct. The elongata grows much taller but is also more invasive (rootlings).
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Our Empress tree died because of spraying. Do we have to wait for Fall to plant another one here in Western Washington?
Beverly R on Jul 22, 2014
Best Answer: Although the early Spring and early Fall are the best time to plant Royal Empress Trees if you aren't experiencing scorching hot temperatures in the 90's or above you can go ahead and plant now.
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Are there any restrictions planting this tree in California?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: This tree can be planted in California. Ours are sterile and don't spread all over. However they get 30 to 40 feet tall and need room to grow.
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What do the yellow or brown spots on the leaves mean?
Linda R on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Sometimes if water droplets dry in the sun on the leaves brown spots will appear where the water was. It could be a fungus, but if the leaves are mostly green and aren't wilting then its probably fine. Remove the leaves with spots and new full green leaves will fill in. If you're concerned you can apply an organic fungicide to your tree. Never over water a Royal Empress Tree!
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does this tree attract hummingbirds?
Dorianne K on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: I did not notice any increase in hummingbirds, however, in South Texas we already had a lot of hummingbirds around. I know this doesn't help, good luck in finding the perfect tree.
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WILL THE EMPRESS TREES GROW WELL IN HEAVY CLAY SOIL???? THE GROUND IS HARD TO POINT IT CRACKS?????
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: I am in North Carolina my house close to the beach and I got sandy where am at.So before I put Empress trees in the ground I mixed with 2 bags og garden soil and after 2 years I put it in the ground They are grown like crazy.Its easy to grow.With the clay I will do the something. Mixed with 1-2 bags of garden soil.This trees I think grow really easy.As long as you keep water for the first year the root will grow out strong and come back year after year.
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What country is this tree native too?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
Best Answer: Hi,
The story seems to be that this tree was planted in China when a newborn (possibly female) was born. That said, it seems there are various areas that the tree can grow. I've never seen one and when we moved to Nevada, we planted one and it took off. Cavaet: In Nevada - I don't know where else - it was inundated with creepy crawlies that I just couldn't control - it was more of 'eat all you can' buffet for pests leaving holes every which way. I think some research in the 'China' environment would be a good start to see if it's close to yours. I do need to add that I got my first Willow Hybrids from this Co. and you cannot believe the growth. Meenie, Minie, and Mo I call them - I have blocked out a 2 story behind us in only 2 seasons. And, one of the most critical factors for me - is that I can't over water them. Hope that helps.
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how do you kill the tree, nothing I have tried has worked?
David V on Aug 17, 2014
Best Answer: they are considered to be an invasive tree species, i thought about getting one...but did some extra research and decided against it....you may want to check with your local cooperative, usually within the state universities for some guidance
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my royal empress tree is so tall. there is leaves on the top and bottom but no branches in the middle. I have not had one single bloom. In the fall should I cut the tree down? It's just a very tall skinny tree.
joyce w on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: My empress tree is a couple of years older than that. Haven't seen any blossoms, but it has leaf growth from top to bottom. So far leaf growth is not as pictured. More like a silo than an inverted heart. It is pretty tall- say 20 feet, truck is not real thick, but getting wider each year.
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Does this tree have a big/invasive root system?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: I wish i could help you with this question but, our Royal Empress didn't survive. Two days after i planted it, we had a late May frost that killed it.
Reply · Report · Leah H on Jul 15, 2014
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When should I plant this tree in the ground in zone 5 ?
Sally on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: I live in zone 5 and we planted 5 of these trees at other previous house and all did wonderful. However, we planted 5 more at our new house only one mile away and 3 of the 5 did not survive. Fast Growing trees replaced the 3 trees yet those did not survive either.
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I have these trees and they do not flower, why is that?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: Our tree did not flower , either. Then we got some tree fertilizer spikes amd put them in the ground. We had some flowers the next season.
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What family of trees is this a member of?
A shopper on Sep 6, 2014
Best Answer: According to Wikipedia - Paulownia tomentosa (common names Empress tree, Princess tree or Foxglove tree) is a Deciduous tree in the family Paulowniaceae, native to central and western China, but invasive in the US. Paulownia tomentosa is the fastest-growing tree in the world.
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How deep and wide should the hole be for planting the tree? (we are new homeowners and not gardeners } Live in zone 9, Corpus Christi, TX. We have clay soil, difficult to dig. When is the best times to plant the Empress tree? If this tree is not recommended for Corpus, please advise one that is.
A shopper on Aug 21, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Central Texas and my tree is doing great.
I made a mixture of Top Soil, Tree/Bush soil, Perlite and Manure , and Peat Moss My tree is loving the mixture. Be SURE not to put this tree in direct sunlight in Texas - it's too hot. Be careful about planting it where it gets windy as the leaves are so huge they'd rip in high winds. If you live on the coast you'd have to figure out what part of your home doesn't get high winds. Also, if you're going to put it in pot at first, be careful about putting it on cement as the sun heats the cement and dries out the dirt. The Empress doesn't like a lot of water, but it's been between 101 and 107 here so I'm watering it 2-3 times a day, lightly, not soaking. It is invasive, as I've read, so be careful not putting it up against your home...give it at least 10 feet. Mine hasn't sprouted any new trees but it's not in ground yet. As far as how wide to make the hole...it needs to be 3 TIMES larger then the Root Ball. and plant it so that the top comes just UNDER your "dirt line".
If you think it will be too much work or won't do well - try the Crepe Myrtles - they grow ALL over the place here. They love full sun or partial shade and are extremely drought tolerant. They're gorgeous and smell amazing and everyone loves to look at them.
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Does this plant self seed?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: Not that I can tell. It does produce seeds but they don't appear to do anything. Mine is 3 years old and has started sprouting new "trees" from one of the roots. My plan is to allow it to grow and then remove the new tree and part of the root system and transplant.
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When is best time to plant the royal empress tree in zone 8?
Betty S on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer: I recommend planting in early spring. However; I have planted as late as August and will cut the tree flat to the ground come early spring. The roots keep growing over the winter so the tree comes back strong.
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Does this tree self seed?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
Best Answer: I am not so sure of self seeding as I can tell you that it sends up lots of sprouts off its roots which spread very wide and somewhat shallow. We planted two near a small decorative retaining wall and in the last year it has started to move up the bricks from the wall a little. Someone who helps with our yard said he can cut back the roots one each year and the tree would be fine. So wherever you plant it, make sure it is not close to a fence or anything - just give it plenty of room. I love the trees. We planted the first one in April 2011.
It arrived as a 5 foot stick without any roots. We still affectionately call it "the stick". The stick is now over 30 feet tall and gives lots of shade. Every Spring I just clip back whatever shoots come up off the shallow roots and it is fine. Beautiful pink blossoms. Our second tree we planted last year, summer of 2013 and it is about 15 feet tall. The leaves are huge and they are beautiful trees but like any tree, you may need to prune or have a professional come out once a year to prune for you to get it shaped nicely for a few years. Best of luck. Wish I could attach pictures for you :)
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Does it draw lots of bees? Highly allergic. Thanks
Buddy's Grandma on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: It has fragrant blooms in the spring, but I never noticed undue attraction to bees. When it gets larger, that may be more of a problem. I wouldn't keep it close to your house anyway as it gets large rather quickly!
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IIT loses the lea es in winter?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
Best Answer: In Las Vegas, the leaves fall off the tree but little hard round shaped pods where on the limbs. Since this was the first year we owned this interesting tree, we watch as the warm weather of spring came and flowers appeared that looked like small tulips or trumpets. This tree has entertained us this past year in watching how fast it grows weekly! We worry when leaves appear as the hard winds tear the leaves so we wonder if we are over watering? But LOVE this interesting tree and have many questions about it as a center on are property!
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do you cut the tree down every year?
Peggy B on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: I have heard cutting these trees back after their first 1years jump-starts their growth from websites and local Royal Empress Tree owners. Sadly, I was unsuccessful at growing my Royal empress tree. We had an unusually harsh winter this past year in Utah and my Royal Empress tree did not survive, despite being listed as hardy enough for my zone. The Fast Growing Trees customer service department was very helpful in replacing my tree, though. I was very pleased with their helpfulness. I opted to go with one more suited to the dichotomy of both very hot summers and very cold winters (Redbud). Good luck...
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We live in Zone 9 Redding, Ca. and it is a drought area; very hot. When is the best time to plant this tree?
CAROL T on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: Enter an answer to this question. It is always best to plant trees in either the spring or fall when you have the best combination of wetter weather and milder temperatures. These trees have a pithy core when they are small and are sensitive to dry conditions before the roots are well established as a consequence. If you are keeping it in a pot for now you will need to water it attentively in hot weather. .
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Is your empress tree a Splendor?
Mark K on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: So far its about 6 inches tall now. When it was delivered to me I was so surprised, it was only about 2 inches tall. I said to myself be careful next time. Don't believe too much on their advertisements.
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I have two young trees which were doing well until a few weeks ago. The leaves are turning yellow and new leaves are curling up. The third tree, four years old, is experiencing the yellow leaves, which are falling off. Not all the leaves are yellow. Help!!!! What do you think it is?????
cecelia m on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: My tree is in a 5 gal pot and is 2 yrs old. Mine did the same thing and I researched for answers and read that it could be salt build up. The potted tree has good drainage which they said was necessary. But to get rid of salts, you need to flood the roots with water, which I did for a whole day. (about 5 gallons of water slowly) then the next day hit it with a gallon of Miracle Grow in a 1/2 gal of water. Then only watered once a week. It came back. Before, the green leaves were curly, and the big leaves were turning yellow and getting brown tips. good luck
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Can these be planted in the summer?
Joey H on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Yes they can. We purchased ours in June 2012, it grew to about 3' high and then saw no further growth so I took the advice of other Royal Empress growers and cut it down to the ground in November 2012.
It the sprouted from the stump and took off like a bean stalk. As of today, June 18th 2014 it stands approx 17 feet tall and is full of leaves and looking very healthy.
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Is it ok to plant in the fall in TN? or should we wait til spring?
Linda D on Sep 14, 2014
Best Answer: We live just a few minutes North of San Antonio, TX. and planted ours when it arrived in October 2012.
It is in a sunny spot and has had no special care except regular watering. It is now nearly 30' tall and is
ready to bloom. Looking forward to seeing the flowers!
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can you plant it by the house?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
Best Answer: I wouldn't plant it too close. Ours is nearly 2 years old - planted it in Oct. 2014 and it about 30" tall.
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How to remove dead tree?
Bernie S on Sep 1, 2014
Best Answer: Cut it to the ground and pour either gas or acid on it, that should take care of it.
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my royal empress never bloomed even after 8 years do you know why?
marianne r on Sep 1, 2014
Best Answer: As a completely un-educated novice - I can only guess that when I planted Oleandars - there seems to be a high correlation between the place you have planted the tree and the number of sun hours it gets. I would also investigate if there is something 'needy' in the soil.
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I have a newly planted tree which is about 3 -4 ft tall now. It's starting to get growth maybe branches from the bottom of the stalk/trunk. Should I remove these low growths?
Marcie T on Aug 30, 2014
Best Answer: I have 5 of these plants. I have left them alone to their own devices. I am often out of the country, but when I return they are still there growing. I have not cut any lower growth.

Hope this helps

SW
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is this tree dear resistant?
malini v on Aug 25, 2014
Best Answer: No, no. no! I bought two and gave one to my neighbor. The first year the deer ate mine down to the ground. The following year when it came up I put a fence around it and the small deer managed to get under it and ate the limbs and leaves. This year, I spray it twice a month with Invisible Fence and they are leaving it alone. I sprayed my neighbor one for her once and unfortunately I looked over there yesterday and the deer have devoured it down to the trunk. I would not recommend this tree. Also, there is a bug which I can not see that is eating the leaves on mine. Also, it does not grow as fast as advertised. I would suggest that you pick a different tree. Peggy in Maryland
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can it be planted in the summer?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. However; since it will probably not grow that much when planted, cut it down to the ground in early spring and watch it grow grow grow.
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I bought two Royal Empress Trees from you. Both were doing wonderfully but the midwest had an extreme winter and both appeared dead. No leaves in the trees at all but around the tree new shoots appeared. Now the new growth is spreading and coming up all over the yard. I thought these weren't supposed to be invasive. How do I keep them from spreading? Should I cut down the tree and start again?
Kim H on Aug 4, 2014
Best Answer: Select one shoot to allow to grow and cut back the others. The tree will put its resources into the one you allow to grow. It is just trying to survive.
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Is this really a catalpa tree? It's blooms are paler than the palauwnia online.
Debbie H on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: This tree is the Palauwnia the leaves and furry stems are consistant with the characters of this tree and they also do not bare any type of fruit like the catalpa tree does. it is similar but the Patlauwnia is considered very intrusive in the southern states. If you do the comparison you will see the difference. I have this tree in the north and love bought it to give shade quickly for our goats and sheep and it is over 10 ft high and 6 ft wide right now and this is the really the first full year in the ground. It has not bloomed yet it is still considered a young tree but is doing well hopefully we will experience the blooms also. Hope this was helpful.
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I,m in NJ. We have a lot of deer in the garden, they practically eat almost any " deer resistant " plants. Will they eat this tree?
Germangirl956 on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: The deer, of which we seem to have many, did not bother the Paulownia trees we had, but the winters here in Illinois seem to be too much for young trees. We have two more very small ones now and it will be interesting to see if they survive their first winter here. But as to deer eating them, we have not had that problem.
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whens the best time to plant?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Iowa, and I would recommend early fall, with late spring the next option. It seems that these young trees are a little "slow" coming to life in the spring, but then really take off.
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will a cutting from a branch root?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: I think so. This tree is very forgiving. You can cut off a branch and it will grow another. The branches on a small tree are soft wood, more like a strong plant.
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will this tree grow on cape cod ma. sandy soil?
paul b on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: I know that it grows in South Florida sandy soil but I don't know about Ma. Sprry
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m in zone 5 but it says doesn't ship to WI., why?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: We would love to be able to send you the Royal Empress, however, due to WI agricultural restrictions they do not allow it to be shipped into the state.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 16, 2014
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Hi,
My Royal Empress trees are about 1 foot tall and are in 1 gallon pots on my patio. I live in Michigan and am uncertain if I should plant them now or keep them potted in the house until spring?
Thanks!
Holly on Sep 15, 2014
Best Answer: Right now would be a great time to get it in the ground and well established before winter!
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I live in Central Oklahoma and have never seen one here. Can I plant in fall? If so how late? I'm expecting temps in the teens this winter. Is it better to wait until spring? Thanks!
Susan J on Aug 30, 2014
Best Answer: If you plant in the early fall when temperatures cool off a little and aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then your tree will have enough time to get rooted in before winter.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Sep 3, 2014
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Can you ship it to Mississauga ON Canada or do you have any branch in Canada ?
Imran K on Aug 29, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we don't ship outside of the continental US.
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Can this tree grow in Ontario ?
Imran K on Aug 22, 2014
Best Answer: Maybe not. It is registered for growing zones 5-11 and I would guess that Ontario is a trifle too far north for dependable growth.
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Is the 3-4 feet height the amount it ships at or the tallest it will grow to? Sorry, this is my first tree that I will plant. I want to make sure it succeeds in growing the tallest it can.
Lauren B on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: That's the height it ships. The Royal Empress Tree can get between 40 - 50 feet tall. It quickly gets very large.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 14, 2014
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what are the planting instructions for FL?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: The link below has detailed instructions for planting in the Summer and areas with a hot climate.

http://www.plantingdirections.com/royal-empress-tree-planting-directions/
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 14, 2014
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I live in phoenix where the sun is scorching. will the tree do ok in the full desert sun?
Justin F on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree is very drought tolerant and thrives in dry areas. Royal Empress Trees grow very well in full sun and in Phoenix.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 12, 2014
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Do you Ship to mexico city?
Miriam on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we do not ship outside of the Continental USA.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 12, 2014
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Will this be for my zone 9, in az. And when do I plant it?
nancy m on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: Royal Empress Trees grow excellent in zone 9, however unfortunately AZ has agricultural laws put in places that legally prevent us from shipping Royal Empress Trees there.

The best time to plant is in the early Spring or Early Fall. If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
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best time of year to plant?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2014
Best Answer: It's best to plant the Royal Empress Tree in the early Spring or early Fall. However if you aren't experiencing scorching hot temperatures in the 90's or above then it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 29, 2014
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We live in Dorset, Vt 05251 which is Zone 5 but your map excludes Vermont. Would the Royal Empress Tree be OK in this area?
ROBERT J on Jul 27, 2014
Best Answer: Vermont's climate isn't suited for the Royal Empress Tree. We recommend the Jane Magnolia, Eastern Redbud, Tulip Poplar or Autumn Cherry Tree for your area instead.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 29, 2014
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We would like to plant these in the pasture. Are they compatable with livestock?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: These trees are often used as feed in other countries, so this tree isn't harmful for livestock. The Royal Empress Tree will also create lots of shade in a pasture. However your livestock may enjoy eating this tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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Where to buy in RI?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: we successfully ship the Royal Empress tree to Rhode Island very often. Please refer to your local nurseries, we are unfamiliar with the growers in your area.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 21, 2014
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I live in the central valley in California we get extremely hot temperatures in the summer and frost in the winter. How soon before the frost should the empress tree be planted and will it take the frost the first year and the extreme heat in the summer?
Maxine H on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: It would be est to plant your Royal Empress Tree in the early fall after it cools off a little. This way it will get established in the ground before winter comes.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 18, 2014
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does this tree self seed?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: DON'T KNOW IF THIS HELPS BUT I HAD AT LEAST 4 TRUNKS COME OUT THIS YEAR FROM I TREE.DON'T KNOW IF I COULD HAVE SEPARATED THEM AND HAD 4 TREES?HOPE THAT HELPED
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Is Ohio a good place to raise this tree? How well it will adapt this area weather? thank you
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: Ohio is a great area to grow the Royal Empress Tree. The Royal Empress will adapt to the cold winter weather there.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 14, 2014
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When is the best time to plant the royal empress tree in Florida?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant a Royal Empress Tree is in the early Spring or early Fall. However if temperatures aren't scorching hot, in the 90's or above then it will be fine to go ahead and plant your Royal Empress Tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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Why don't you ship this tree to Wisconsin?
Amber R on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately Wisconsin has agricultural laws put in place that legally prevent us from shipping Royal Empress Trees there.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 9, 2014
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We need Shade! We live in Conway SC. The soil is a black sandy mixture. How well will the Empress Tree grow in that type of soil, and what is needed to help support the growth of it?
John P on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree will adapt to sandy soil and will do very well in Conway. Follow the instructions on the link below and your tree won't fail.

http://www.plantingdirections.com/royal-empress-tree-planting-directions/
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Has anyone had success with these trees surviving Central NH winters?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately central New Hampshire gets a little too cold for the Royal Empress Tree. The Eastern Redbud and Jane Magnolia would be better options for your area.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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how tall does the empress tree get before it forks out and grows more branches? we live in central Oregon and it is high desert over here.
A shopper on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree can branch our around 3 - 5 feet, but as the tree gets taller the lower branches often drop off.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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Last year my empress had huge leaves, this year they are half the size, and it has not grown taller (it was and is about 5 ft tall) nor has it had flowers what can I do to help it grow?
Marilyn J on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: If your empress tree did not grow at least 4 feet before winter dormancy, we recommend that you cut it to the ground at the very start of spring (a process called coppicing). This may seem odd, but it will grow a very straight, beautiful tree. Your tree(s) will more than make up for the lost growth in the first few weeks. We have seen some Empress Trees grow as many as 20 feet in the first year after being cut back to the ground.

Don’t worry about being exact. This process (coppicing) can be done any time of year, though we recommend spring. The new stump will have several trunks coming up from it. Select the largest trunk and pinch the others off. This one will grow at a very rapid rate and will grow into a very straight tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 17, 2014
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Will an Empress tree survive in a wet back yard? I have a rather large bed at the back of the yard that stays wet year round, sometimes with pooling water as it is marginally downhill from the house. I want an alternative to a weeping willow for this spot, something that will eventually flower.
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree is harmed by too much water. It can't sit in standing water. Another option for you might be the Hybrid Poplar, it's water tolerant as long as the water keeps moving and it doesn't sit in water.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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is there a warrenty ?
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: We offer an optional one year warranty.

http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/TermsOfService.htm
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 26, 2014
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what's the best way to keep gofers or moles from eating the roots?
ron l on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: I dont know about gofers but I can tell you that the two trees I got purchased didn't last but maybe three weeks.
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I would like to know how tall a 1 gallon Empress tree is when shipped?
Melody on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree starts off very small. It quickly establishes a strong root system and takes off, growing 6 to 10 feet it's first year. This being said the one gallon size Royal Empress Tree can be under a foot tall when first shipped out. Don't let this stop you. These are very tough trees that are only harmed by getting too much water. They'll quickly grow into a large full shade tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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I live in Ft Worth Texas. Is it too late in June to plant a Royal Empress tree? I would like to order three and plant them now.
Cathy B on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: It isn't too late to plant a Royal Empress Tree. If you are experiencing severe drought, avoid planting your tree(s) in the ground. It is suggested that you plant your tree in a 3-5 gallon, light-colored pot in the shade. Once the temperature drops or the drought breaks, you can transplant your tree to the area of your lawn that you want.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 17, 2014
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I planted my royal empress in early march in North Florida. It was 6' tall when it arrived to us in the box. There are lots of leaves growing from it but it has yet to gain an inch in height. Should I be concerned? Should I cut back and let it start over or just be a bit more patient. Thank you.
Mike J on Jun 13, 2014
Best Answer: Remove the extra leaves and give it some fertilizer. If you don't see four feet of growth by the beginning of next Spring cut it back to the ground level. It will grow back faster and taller than before. It's too early to be concerned.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 18, 2014
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Can I control the height and growth in a big pot in the patio? I live in the 20th floor of our condo. Thanks
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
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When would be the best time to plant this tree in the LA California area? I need to remove an old birch tree that died from a fungus. I would like to replace it with this one. Thanks as always FGT.
Gregory H on Sep 4, 2014
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The extension service classifies this tree as highly invasive. FYI. I am in South Carolina.?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
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do you ship larger tree like 10 ft tall 3" dia?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
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Is this Royal Empress, the tree that I received "free" with an order of Italian Cypress about 4 years ago? Looks like buds forming now. It has yet to bloom. about 18 ft tall.
Macksene B on Aug 24, 2014
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I live in Northeast Texas (Blossom), can I still plant this tree in September?
stonefox on Aug 24, 2014
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I place an order yestrday, for one of your empress trees, but I read that it is an invasive plant. Is that true?I live in Oklahoma
A shopper on Aug 24, 2014
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the top of my royal empress is curling upside down and s like?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
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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. 
 
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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
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Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.