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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.


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.

: 7+ 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.

: 6-7 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.

: 5-6 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.

: 4-5 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.

: 3-4 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.

: 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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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 Gallon

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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 Gallon

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Planting Mix
Royal Empress Trees Planting Mix

Helps your Royal Empress Trees 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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DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

APPLICATION:
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1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

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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 recommended for zones: 5-11
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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 15-20 feet away from structures or 10 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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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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over 2 years 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
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
Copperas Cove, TX, US
Growing Zone:
8
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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over 5 years ago
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
Purchased
1 year ago
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
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
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I bought my Empress 2 years ago. The tree grew moderately the first year (I planted it late). The next year, a late frost came in and I thought that the tree had died. I cut it down almost to the root, and figured that was that. Boy, was I wrong! It grew about 3 feet that year, and this year, it grew almost 8 feet. I'm really impressed by how resilient this tree is, and looking forward to next year, when it really begins to shade my patio.
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November 14, 2014
Westfield, IN, US
Growing Zone:
5
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
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Great Tree For Wide Open Spaces
I have a farm in southern Maryland. I planted this tree last July in an open area away from our house in sandy soil. We mulched it, but only watered it two or three times after planting it.

True to its reputation as a fast growing tree, it added three feet to its height before winter set in. Its condition when it arrived was perfect. It was not touched by any of our ubiquitous herbivores. (We have to fence and wrap the trunks of ALL of our other young trees to protect them from deer and rabbits.)

I have admired the blossoms of this tree along spring time road sides for years, and loved the (albeit invasive) history of its arrival in the eastern USA. The soft, puffy seeds were used as a packing material by Chinese porcelain exporters in the 19th century. (Historic packing peanuts!)

Many of the "packing peanuts" were dumped, or otherwise scattered. So this non-native is sometime viewed as an invasive species in the eastern United States, and other temperate areas to its liking.

I am not in favor of planting any non-native or uber-hybridized (think Bradford Pear) trees that can out-compete native plants. I have lived in Boston, Philadelphia, Alexandria, VA, Washington, DC and other areas of the wealthy eastern USA where 19th century China imports were most prevalent. However, I have never seen areas where Paulownia tomentosa has seemed to dominate native trees.

The aspect of the tree that caught my attention over the many years prior to my deciding to plant the tree was the unique, large, purple clusters of flowers held aloft by the large, relatively few, big branches of the tree.

Another interesting historical fact about the tree is that, in China, an old custom is to plant a Royal Empress Tree when a baby girl is born. The fast-growing tree matures when she does. When she is eligible for marriage the tree is cut down, and carved into wooden articles for her dowry.
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January 1, 2015
Brandywine, MD, US
Growing Zone:
7
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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over 2 years ago
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
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
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
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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over 2 years ago
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
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over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 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
Powderly, TX, US
Growing Zone:
4
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
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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over 2 years 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
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Love this tree…...
It was planted the end of July. It has grown 20 inches as of today.
A lady at my church planted one last year and it has grown 8 ft so on Sundays we talk about our trees like kids.

The neighborhood is watching my Royal Empress so you may get more orders.

A very happy customer.
Rosemary
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October 22, 2014
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
Purchased
1 year 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
over 2 years ago
Great Tree
My Royal Empress tree is now three months old, it stands 12+ feet tall, I believe it is going to flower soon, if the frost will hold off. Northwest Ohio has hard winters so I am curious to see how it will survive the cold and wind. Look forward to Spring to see the tree when it has a full growing season. I am very pleased with this tree and delighted to recommand it for others.
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September 29, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
So far Very Pleased
When my Royal Empress arrived, I was surprised how small it was. It has been planted now for a month and a half and has doubled in size and appears to be very healthy. I check it every day, looking for new leaves and new growth. I am very pleased with this tree, as I recently planted 15 Leyland Cypress trees I acquired from another source and so far I have lost 6 out of 15. Fast-Growing-Trees is an excellent source for trees, so I have purchased more from them.
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September 23, 2014
Seminole, FL, US
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
4
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 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
GREAT SO FAR!
I planted one of these several years ago. It is now about 60' tall. I hope these 3 do just as well.
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September 22, 2014
Purchased
1 year 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
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Very fast growth
I planted my empress tree two years ago. Growth was slow the first year so I cut it down even with the ground this past March. Over the last year it grew 14 feet! Our soil is terrible (heavy clay). Don't get discouraged with slow growth in the first year - cut it down even with the ground in the early spring and you will be pleasantly surprised!
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January 27, 2015
Indianapolis, IN, US
Growing Zone:
6
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
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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December 31, 2012
Purchased
over 2 years 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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
Purchased
over 4 years ago
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Really fast growing
I am very pleased with this tree . I needed a tree that would grow fast and boy did it ever and the plus is it blooms flowers what a great tree . I am going to be ordering 3 more this up coming March ..
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September 23, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
UPDATE Review......Wow!
I wrote a review on this tree last year, but I HAVE to write an "Update" Review.
My Empress was growing so well last year and as Fall/Winter came, the leaves started falling off and it was just a "Stick". I took it inside over the winter and prayed I took good enough care of this tree so it would start growing this year.
We took it outside and my husband said let's cut this sucker down and see what it does. As I was getting other plants outside, my husband cut this right down to the ground, and stuck the "Stick" in a pot I had filled with dirt. I didn't see him do this so it went on stuck in the dirt for a week.
As I was watering my other plants on the patio, I noticed the stick in the dirt COVERED with leaves!! I asked my husband what he put in that pot and he just stood there.
When he told me what it wad...the cutting off my Empress Tree...I was blown away.
The stick has grown 4 to 6 inches and has 9 leaves sticking out of it.!! Since then it has grown to a full 2 foot tall little tree.
My original Empress is now standing at around 3 feet....from the ground. The trunk is double the size it was last year...almost and inch and 3/4. The leaves that have popped out are already huge....bigger then when I first got this tree.
I used a Alaskan Fish Emulsion Fertilizer from Home Depot this spring and have just watered daily..but my God are these growing fast.
I cannot wait to watch these 2 Empress Trees grow this year!
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April 18, 2015
Copperas Cove, TX, US
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
thought it would have been taller but i still like the tree have planted n the yard going pretty good we shall see how fast it does grow was bought because of it being fast growing we will see but also i love the flowers on it ,,,time will tell but so far we are satisfied with the tree
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September 27, 2014
GA, US
Growing Zone:
8
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
THE ROYAL EMPRESS IS A GREAT TREE. I HAVE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT IT AND I HAVE GIVEN OUT YOUR WEB ADDRESS SEVERAL TIMES.I NOW HAVE TWO TREES AND THEY ARE GROWING GREAT.
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October 18, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
BIG MACK
SORRY, SO FAR WE ONLY HAVE A STICK WITH NO LEAVES IN THE GROUND, I HOPE THIS SPRING IT TURNS OUT NICE BUT IT IS TOO COLD TO GROW ANYTHING, SEE YOU IN THE SPRING!!
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February 8, 2015
Purchased
8 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
We'll See
So far we have one that grew well over 6 feet from June 29th 2014 to October 2014. One that didn't make it. (However FGT did replace it) One that grew to about 2 feet from July to October and the replaced one was planted in August so.... we'll see. I am eager to see how they do over the fall and more importantly the winter. I am north of Atlanta and we do have frost, ice and snow. So........... we'll see!
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October 22, 2014
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Excited to See What Happens
I ordered three of the Royal Empress trees and planted them in April. One grew to over 7' by the end of summer. The other two grew to about 3' tall. So thrilled by the growth of the one tree I ordered two more just a couple of months ago. No growth on those and I didn't expect any yet but am excited to see what happens next Spring and Summer. Had several questions and they were answered fully and professionally by staff at this nursery.
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December 16, 2014
Purchased
10 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Bare sticks are leafing out six weeks after planting!
Planted two of these in different microclimates six weeks ago.
The sunnier location seems to be growing the best, but both have survived a very dry winter here, hope for some spring growth to fill out the bare stalks.
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March 7, 2015
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
10
Growing well in its first year.
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Not Very Impressed by the Empress
Received four 3' trees mid August and immediately placed in Ground. One was broken when it arrived but planted it anyways- it did not last- One down. One remained the same size from then till frost- Two others are doing ok but have only grown 4". Overall not very pleased- hope next Spring surprises me with the three that remain.
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November 14, 2014
Purchased
11 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Don't know what this means.
It is too early to tell whether I would recommend this product to someone else. I planted it this past Fall and it did not grow much. I assume that is because of the cooler weather. I am anxious to see what happens this coming Spring. It is difficult for me to give any kind of a rating at this time.
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December 10, 2014
Purchased
10 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress Tree
I purchased this tree four years ago, it took that long to finally reach 15 feet, and now this spring it is completely dead. I have new shoots coming up from the roots, however, the 15 feet of growth it took four years to accomplish is gone. I live outside of Pittsburgh, PA, we get plenty of rain and cold winters. This tree in four years has never had one flower on it, disappointed indeed.
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June 2, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress
This is an amazing fast growing tree. In three years it has more than Quadrupled in size. Blooms are pretty and the leaves make you feel like a dwarf. Absolutely love it. I wish I could show you a pic on this review but I don't see an option to do so.
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June 10, 2015
Vero Beach, FL, US
Growing Zone:
10
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Beautiful and eye catching tree
Love our tree bought one 2 yrs ago and it is now at least 8 ft tall with massive leaves. I purchased another one this spring can't wait to see how quickly this one grows. Buy one you will love how beautiful it is and how quickly it grows. I get some many complaints and people questioning the name of the tree. It help protect the enviroment too. We had a light frost last week and it wilted the leaves, but it will be back to beautiful in the spring.
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October 27, 2014
Purchased
1 year 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
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I almost gave up and pulled it out
When I received my tree it was a 6ft stick with one leaf on the top and one 4 inch root. I planted it on May 1 2015 and watered it. I soon gave up thinking I got taken. But by the middle of June it started to grow new leaves. Now July 8 2015 it is growing big leaves all the way from the ground to the top everywhere the branches were cut for shipping. It is now 6'8" with a lot of leaves that are 6-8" around!!! I cant wait for the spring.
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July 8, 2015
Renton, WA, US
Growing Zone:
8
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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December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
A seedling, not a tree
I just wanted to let you know if you are buying the 1 gallon, you are not getting a tree, you are getting a 6 inch x 6 inch seedling. I planted mine right away and it has not grown in over 2 weeks. I will update my review in a couple of weeks. It was shipped promptly and I was excited when I saw the size of the box, but then once opened it was a seedling?
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June 16, 2015
Port Monmouth, NJ, US
Growing Zone:
7
in a year it has grown to about 18"" and has 20 leaves, slow, slow, slow!!
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Too young
The tree was shipped in good condition and was shipped on time. My expectations were for a tree, what I received was a twig with three leaves on top. I realize that in several years it will grow , how ever what I have now doesn't even look like a tree. I put it out back and hope I live ling enough to enjoy it.
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October 22, 2014
Lake In The Hills, IL, US
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
It died...
This young baby tree finally died and turned completely black within two months. It was not in a good condition when arrived.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
It died following all instructions. It wilted during day, perked up in evening and then died
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
The results of my Fast Growing Royal Empress Tree
I ordered and rec'd a Royal Empress stick back in early Spring. Planted it immediately and watered it regularly. It appeared dead when it arrived. It still appears dead now that it is late July. But as dead sticks go it is an attractive dead stick. However, for a dead stick I think it was exceedingly over-priced. I won't order it again. I think I can find dead sticks locally for a whole lot less. I believe I purchased a Stella cherry tree from Fast growing Trees also. It too has kicked the bucket in it's first spring. However, the Rabbit Eyed Blueberry bushes I purchased have rooted well and in this their second year have begun to produce great tasting blueberries.
If you offered a negative star then the Royal Empress would have received a -5 rating.I was not impressed.
James Marshall, Mabank Texas
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I was a little nervous at first.
I purchased the 1 gallon. He was a little fella but he looked good when he arrived. It took a little longer to get established than I thought it would but now it's growing very quickly. It's grown a foot and a half over the last 3 months. Actually the last month because the first two months he didn't do much of anything but put down roots.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
LOVE IT! Meets all expectations.
I ordered this tree on April 10, 2015 along with recommended growing media and root stimulator. It arrived bare root, a 5ft tall stick with 3 small leaves and 3 or 4 roots, each about 1/4 to 1/2" long. I followed the enclosed planting instructions. I live in north-central Texas southwest of Ft. Worth. We were just coming out of a prolonged drought and the rains came. I lost 5 new dogwood trees due to drowning. But the Royal Empress flourished and today, July 28, 2015, is 8ft tall with 5 branches! I will definitely order some more plants from Fast Growing Trees and may get another Royal Empress next year.
Barbara
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Order Received on time.
Trees were packaged so that they did not get wiped out in transport. They are doing well now. We are expecting high temps for our area.
We will see how they do in the next few weeks.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Unbelievable growth
My Mom wanted a tree to give her shade in the summer and allow sun in the winter. I purchased the Royal Empress after reading about it's amazing growth rate. Well let me just say rumors don't do it justice. This tree was just 6 inches when we planted it on May 15th it is now (July 27th) over 5 feet tall! I predict it will be 10 ft before fall here in Jersey! If you want a FAST growing tree this is it!
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Eye opener on the street.
We are very happy with the tree and its growth so far. Getting many questions and compliments from neighbors. I just entered #7 in my growing zone, but am not sure about it.
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July 30, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Three months old and growing
I planted the tree and it was approximately six inches tall. It is now over three feet tall after three months and growing strong. I had it in a cage at first. I had to expand the cage to accommodate its large leaves and then when it was over three feet tall I took the cage off. The deer haven't bothered it yet and neither have the bunnies.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I bought the tree in early spring. It came as a4 foot stick with roots.After being in the ground for about 2 months-nothing happened. I emailed your company and she said to cut it off at ground level. It's now july 25 and it grown 5 feet since. Thanks for the info

stan
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Surprising
We are in Kansas City. Planted the tree late in the season-mid May. It took a bit before it got fired up but is opening new leaves by the day. Had issue with little bugs and things eating the leaves and ants but Sevin dust took care of it. Do put something around the base as the rabbits love the taste of the tender stems. We will probably buy another next spring. Buy the starter kit and stuff. It helps the tree get off to a good start.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
i have purchace twice with no luck both died but, not giving up
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Love the Empress tree. The first one was ordered four years ago. We have people stopping to ask what kind of tree it is because it is so beautiful. It grows very fast and looks like it has been planted for years. The birds love it too. Just ordered the second tree to provide shade for the other side of the yard. These trees are great!
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Impressed with Hardy Royal Empress Tree
When we moved into our home nearly 24 years ago, we already had a mature Royal Empress tree in our backyard -- except we didn't know what it was. I decided I wanted another and did a little research to decide what it was. After identifying it, I went online to order one. Earlier this summer I purchased a tree from another grower. It died very shortly after I planted it.I decided to take a chance on a tree from Fast-Growing-Trees.com. I followed the directions, and planted it on the recommended date. Little did I know, we were in for two straight weeks of daily heavy rains -- not good for a Royal Empress. However, it has survived and thrived. It has amazed me as to how it overcame the sogginess and is growing like crazy. So happy with my tree from Fast Growing Trees!
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
perfect for zone 9
I planted 2 at my previous house and in 5 years they were enormous.they spread over my yard and both my neighbors yard w beautiful giant leaves and fragrant flowers.several times people rang my doorbell and asked what they were and how they could get some.I just followed the planting guide .I am not a green thumb but these sure made me look like one.we just moved and first week in our new house we planted 2 more.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
6 week status
I received the tree. It was a dirt ball of roots with one little green protrusion. I planted it and approx 6 weeks later...it is about 4 feet tall. Huge healthy leaves..and seems to be thriving. I will be able to judge after its first winter. So far...so good. Be sure to follow planting instructions included with tree.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
I got two just to see how they liked my soil and see if they grew as fast as they say. Well there doing great and Wow do they grow! I will be ordering several more next spring! Great company to buy from, Thanks
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Taking off now
Tree came packaged well and in great shape. I ordered the I gallon one and it was sorta small,about 6 inches with a couple leaves.I planted my Empress tree on the 13th of May and it didn't FO much for the first few weeks,but in the last three weeks it started taking off. It's now July 15th and it's 4ft with huge leaves 16-18 inches! My neighbor came over the other day and said; What is that thing? It's growing right before my eyes. Will definitely order from Fast-Growing Trees again!
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July 14, 2015
MD, US
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress
We planted it in April and it's July and 52". When we purchased it, we were under the impression that it would REALLY grow fast, but guess we'll have to wait and see.
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
It realy does grow fast.
We are fascinated by this tree.From the first day we purchased it until now,Every morning I go out to look at it I say WOW!!! With very little care and proper watering it has taken off just like they said it would.It was approximately 12Inches tall with Three tiny leaves.Now it is 4 1/2 feet tall in only 6 weeks and has new very large leaves on it.You can see new growth sprouting all the time.If this continues to do well we will purchase another on next year.My wife was the one who suggested we buy this.Our back yard was in need of a fast growing tree and Obvously we made the right purchaseThank-you for your online advertising We are glad We found you.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Beautiful trees
I ordered 2 royal empress trees and they arrived with large leaves and in perfect shape. They are now two months and they are still beautiful and about three feet tall with lots of large leaves. I love them and would recommend them to others.
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July 30, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Pleasantly surprised
I received & planted 2 of the Royal Empress trees on June 11th, 2015. Came with easy instructions and had ordered the special growth soil for each. They were about 8" above ground when I planted them and after 1 week reminded me of two limp tomato plants. Beginning of the 2nd week they took off. I named the smaller of the two Tina & the other Louise. Well today all but 7 weeks later Tina is 46" tall & Louise 60". Waiting till Spring 2016 to see how they will look when they blossom after which I will more than likely order & plant 2 more in early May 2016. Thank you Fast- Growing Trees. They are everything you said they would be.

Jay L. Garrett
Hanover, Pa.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month 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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Doing great
We live in the Boise Idaho area. Planted the tree in may (the smallest 1 ft) and it grew a little, then we almost thought it was dying....because the original leaves were sagging..then all the sudden it took root, and wow...new big broad leaves the 2nd month. We are on the 3rd month, at least 3 feet high, and the leaves are very large, and the branches are growing wide along with the height! Love it
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Amazing Trees
I 've had my Royal Empress trees for 2 months now and they are doing great .They are doing everything they say the will do. They were about 6 inches tall when I planted them, they are now 3 FT. tall awesom.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Growing just as promised in the ad!
I left town for a week and my tree has doubled in size! I am very happy with my tree!
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Growth
Sometimes I think if I sit and watch long enough I could actually see it growing!
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July 29, 2015
Reidsville, NC, US
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress trees are getting the attention of neighbors
This summer I have had quite a few comments and questions about the Royal Empress trees I have in my yard. I now have 5 of them and the first 3 have really grown fast this year. I can't wait to see how they do in the next couple of years.
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Read A Lot After Googling!
I bought and planted these trees and have two from the original planting that I have not coppiced. Both are about 20 feet tall and growing at a rate of 4 - 7 feet per year.
The others I had to coppice (cut down about an inch from the ground), and they are all growing very quickly now. Each tree started again from the stump as a sprout, and I have them ranging from about 15 feet down to about 6 feet. The quality of the soil in my yard is the greatest issue I face as the clay is compacted. Some of the trees get a lot of water, and the others are on a slope with run-off taking the water away. The more water and fertilizer you give these trees the faster and taller they get! You really can't kill them once they start.
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July 23, 2015
Greenbrier, TN, US
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress Wows!
I needed a fast growing shade tree in my back yard. I was skeptical at first but for the price I bought two of the Royal Empresses.
It's hot here in south Florida and when I got them (they were well packaged), I put them in light colored containers as specified and lightly watered them. I could see at the bottom of each where they had been cut off before and the small tree was about 9" tall with 4 leaves on each trunk. One of the trunks had a red tape on it where it looked like it may have bent. I put a rod into the planter and zip tied it to the trunk loosely so that the tree would not break in half while growing. I had to leave on vacation and my wife watered the trees twice during the time I was gone (8 days).
When I returned home, I transplanted them as the directions showed and put a Home Depot tree ring around the bottom of each to keep other grasses, weeds etc from encroaching.
I take photos about every two weeks. Since June 3rd when I planted them in the ground till now (July 28th) they have grown to 4'. I am amazed. People say you can almost see them grow...well you can't but boy do they grow! I have put as suggested Miracle Grow every 10-14 days (water based and spray on the tree ring protector which allows water and nutrients to pass through.
I am totally satisfied with these two trees. Temperatures here have been 95 degrees plus for the last two months. I water them every other day and sometimes every day (around sunset) unless it has rained during the day. You can tell if they need water as the leaves droop a bit. If they have too much water they can droop too but you get used to telling one from the other.
Thank you for two wonderful trees!
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
10
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Beautiful Empress Tree
I have only had the empress tree for a few months and it is growing firm and tall. The leaves are extremely large and green. A beautiful tree.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
excellent purchase
My new tree has at least doubled its size since I bought it some months ago, I can't wait for it to bloom and I am thinking of buying another one. The leaves are beautiful and it tolerates the warm summer great !!!
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Fun to grow
If you haven't seen one of these trees grow before- buy some! They're quite amazing...
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October 8, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Stunning Tree!
I have now planted five of the 4'-5' Royal Empress Trees. The first planted as a beautiful tribute at my horses gravesite in 2012 and is now 25 feet tall and gorgeous! I planted two more in 2014 and they have grown over seven feet this summer alone. I planted two more this spring and they look great. The blooms are exquisite, looking just as pictured, but the smell is intoxicating. The first year I have found the tree is busy growing roots and the leaf growth is moderate. But look out next spring, that's when the growth is exponential! I did buy a couple of the 1'-2' trees without any luck. But the larger trees have been very hardy and easy to manage. I live in SE New Mexico and much of the soil is very hard, dry coliche rock. We have a lot of hot, dry windy days. This tree doesn't seem to mind. Although the high winds are hard on the huge leaves, it just grows more quite rapidly. LOVE these trees!
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July 23, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
absolutely love
I love my tree! I am amazed at how much it has grown so far in two months. It is beautiful and easy to care for! I am fully satisfied with my choice.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal empress
We love watching it grow, amazing!!! You can' believe how big the leaves are. Can't wait until it blooms.
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July 28, 2015
Crooksville, OH, US
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I have had my Royal Empress tree for 3 months seems to be growing quit well ,was only approx. 5 inches tall and now 2 feet . It is fun watching it grow ,leaves are nice and green large in size . Would buy another ,once I see final results with flowers and growth.
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July 29, 2015
Avon Park, FL, US
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Love my Empress
My little tree is growing very fast. It has huge green healthy leaves, has grown over 2 feet in height since I received and planted it according to directions No deer or other critters have bothered it,Seems to be insect and mildew resistant .Looking forward to future growth and enjoyment for many years to come.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
My tree is still in a pot because I have been very ill. Hopefully it will be planted soon. I bought this tree as a memorial tree for my husband, who passed away June 15th.
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July 31, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress Tree
The tree is amazing, it really took hold and is growing fast
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
I love this tree. Looked like a broom stick when it arrived but 3 months later it is beautiful.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
well they were really easy to plant and did very well they are really starting to grow now they have been in the ground a month the one that was planted first has doubled its size.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Love Our Royal Empress Tree
It came to us in late Dec. 2015, bare root, just a brown twig with roots at the end. We planted it near the end of Dec. with absolutely no hope. For 3 months we kept checking. Finally in mid April a little bud appeared on the twig about 8" above the ground. We're in California and as the weather started to warm, this tree took off! It grew 12 feet between mid-April and mid-July. The only problem we had was a recent infestation of white flies and mites. We sprayed it with Neem Oil (diluted, of course) and it's now going merrily on it's way to becoming a fantastic tree. We don't plan on chopping it down, since it's shown so much growth in just a few months.
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July 24, 2015
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
These trees are truly amazing. If you think the grow fast the first year in the ground you will be surprised to see how fast the grow the next year or after you cut them to the ground and let them restart! We cut one to the ground in April and it's over 6 ft and still growing and its been an extremely hot summer here in NV. We are definitely happy with our empress trees from Fast growing trees.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
love em
fast growing,a real pleasure to watch grow.i want to get more
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
The tree came fast and well packaged. The roots and dirt were well contained in a plastic bag. I planted the tree in my front yard the same day that it was received. I made the hole twice the size of the root ball and put in some good dirt and native soil mixed with a little bit of commercial fertilizer that I already had on hand. I had a bamboo stick that I pushed in the soil by the trunk and tied it to the stick to assist the tree until it could stand on its own. I removed it a few weeks later. I was light on the water according to the instruction in the box. The tree has grown a couple of feet taller than when it was planted and has good growth in leaf production. I also placed some light mulch around the tree to help hold moisture in the hot Florida sun. The tree has not been in the ground long enough to winter over so I must wait until spring when it blooms, but am pleased thus far.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
TRUE TO FORM
The Royal Empress Trees I planted 3 months ago has already doubled in it's height and producing new shoots! Very happy with this purchase.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Great tree
I was sceptical upon opening the box. The tree was about 6 ft. tall and didn't have a bud on it. It took about two weeks to get it planted because of the crazy weather we had in central Ohio. Shortly there were buds, then leaves. The leaves are getting huge and the tree has grown about 2 more feet. We can't wait until next year to get flowers and watch the growth of this amazing tree. We are trying to figure out where we can put another. Thank you all so much!!! Love it!!!
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Great tree
Everyone one should by one. Great to filter the air.Just dig a hole and watch it grow.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
I bought two about a foot tall two months ago and they are now five foot tall with almost two foot leaves. This tree is growing so fast you can watch it almost a foot a week I can't wait to see how big it gets before winter of this year.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I was suprised!
This tree really does grow fast. I wasnt sure what to expect but I've had this tree since March and it's well over 6 feet. The leaves on this tree are huge. about a foot long and a foot wide.
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July 28, 2015
77845, TX, US
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Hardy Boy
When the tree arrived it quickly shed its leaves but after a couple days it quickly grew back. I'm happy I grabbed this deal when available because it certainly grew to my expectations.

I love this tree!
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
so far so good
One is growing great, the other the main stalk died, but is starting to grow from the roots and is about 7 inches tall.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Bought two of these; one for me and one for friend. Mine is hardy and growing like a bat out of H_LL. The other did very poorly. Just looked like it was dying. I transplanted it to another friend's yard (thought it may be the soil in the first place), and it is doing better. It lost nearly all of it's leaves except the tiny bit of new growth that it had. Now the new growth is looking more vigorous. May very well have been unacceptable soil in the first planting.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
7
empress tree
so far I am impressed at how much it has grown; I have kept it in a container as we are in a drought, but it has grown about 3 ft this season. one of the trees didn't recover from the shipping and died. so we will see in the Spring.
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September 24, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
4
The first one I ordered was just to small.It was like 15 inches high. It didn't grow at all. But this spring I got the one that is probably 3 ft, tall. It has grown very well.It hasn't bloomed yet. I'm looking forward to that ,,,,next spring.It's only grown about 2 ft.I still have it attached to a piece of bamboo.I'm hoping it will make it thru the winter and be really showy.
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September 25, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
4
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Emptess Tree
The tree was a bit smaller than advertised. The tree was about 11" tall upon arrival. Other than that, the tree was healthy and in great condition. It was shipped well. The tree has grown approx 4.5 feet from The first week of June to now (July 28). It's a beautiful tree and is growing very well. Thank you!
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Fast growing
I got the tree in good condition. Hasn't grown as tall as I hoped, but I also made the mistake of topping it because it kept tipping over. I also haven't had time to put it into the ground yet.
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September 27, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
ONE GROWING QUICKER THAN THE OTHER...BUT BIG LEAVES NOW. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BLOSSOMS
ONE GROWING QUICKER THAN THE OTHER...BUT BIG LEAVES NOW. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BLOSSOMS
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
certainly fast grower ,,,,HUGE leaves .went..from 3 inches to three feet and it's still July.. it's already casting shade
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
The first one died.
Our first Royal Empress did not come back after the first winter and showed very little growth before winter set in. Fortunately, I elected to buy the one year warranty and got a replacement tree but bought the root starter and fertilizer this time. The 2nd tree did nothing initially so I cut it back to the ground and after about 2 weeks it has really taken off. It seems that there is noticable growth every day. I just hope that it survives the relatively mild Kentucjy winter that the first one didn't.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Got my fingers crossed
When the tree arrived it looked like a stick, after it was planted the temps dropped down into the teens for a while and not getting above freezing during the day. It had me worried. But late in the spring FINALLY it started to grow!!!!
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
6 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Great tree!
OK, we are still a bit skeptical, wondering if we will really get the growth we hope for. But so far, this beautiful tree is showing us such beauty, leaves big as a dinner plate, and it has grown a foot . We are trying to find room for a second one!
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Growing in Indianapolis
I screwed up and planted the tree before the last frost. It killed off the leaves that were growing. It looked dead. I took some advice from others and cut the tree to the ground. In 2 weeks it came back strong. Now the tree is about 2 feet tall at the end of July. Not amazing, but it looks strong. I'll let you all know if anything changes.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Great tree!
I love my tree, but honestly I love the customer service from fast growing trees even more. I live in Texas where we recently got once in a million year flooding - my yard was under 4 feet of water for over a week. Unfortunately this tree cannot swim but it sure did try! Fast growing trees customer service replaced it in 3 days. Then the new tree also got flooded and I just knew it too would not survive, but to my surprise it did! The new tree they had sent was a little taller with thicker roots than the one that had drown (this flood took out ALL our trees including a 100 year old oak so the new little empress had no chance). The new replacement tree, despite sitting under a foot of water for 2 days during the second flood, is as happy and healthy as can be! I've never seen a plant this resilient that wasn't a weed. I'm so glad customer service helped me and our new tree is now nicely established and happy.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Waiting impatiently
Three weeks in the ground, and I can't wait until it shoots up high.
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July 31, 2015
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Time will tell
I ordered the 1 foot tall tree and planted it as instructed. So far it has grown at least 5 feet, the leaves are as big as sealilly leaves and are kind of fuzzy. The trunk does not look like wood, but like some weed.
So I am giving this tree some time to see what develops. The birds seem to avoid sitting on it too.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Royal Empress Trees
I purchased several trees in November 2014. Am still waiting to see if all bud out. Service from Fast Growing Trees was excellent, arrived undamaged and in excellent shape. A very pleasant transaction.
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February 1, 2015
Purchased
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Fast growing/fast dying or not
Received and planted tree in May. After a couple of extra heavy rain storms and then a late season frost, my fast growing tree was dead, or so I thought. Two weeks into June a new tree started to emerge. Now at the end of July, it is two feet tall with leaves that measure one foot in width. Definetly a hardy plant.
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July 31, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Huge leaves...very rapid growth.
This has been fun to watch grow. Can't wait for first blooms. Excellent choice, so far.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
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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December 31, 2012
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Fast-growing
Roots quickly. Isn't quite as pest-resistent as I hoped. Only a few months old and has grown quite a bit. So far so good.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
I received my tree in less than a week and it was very small but healthy. Followed planting instructions and in 2 weeks saw a growth spurt. Very excited and then the rains came. Too much rain. My Royal Empress drowned.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
great tree, poor customer service
Ordered 2 of these for my front yard so I could plant them together. One died fairly quickly. Here's where the trouble began. I received credit, but of course, they didn't have the size I needed in stock. Had to pay more for a smaller tree and then another shipping cost on top of that. One tree ended up costing me a small fortune. I would have been better off purchasing at a local nursery. I will not order from this site again as they were not at all interested in honoring their faulty product, even after multiple attempts by me to rectify the situation.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
slow but steady
is not as fast growing as I thought it would be but time will tell maybe 12 inches tall now after a few months
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Fast growing Royal Empress trees
recieved 2 very small potted trees. The larger one is doing good but the small one I have been nursing alone in hopes it may servive.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Slow growth in the Desert
They finally started showing some leafs, I am not sure about them growing the amount of feet mentioned. I have my fingers crossed hoping they grow 25 ft. That would be outstanding. Both trees have a water drip.
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
Received a 5 inch sapling that was on the verge of death. Was told shipping trauma. 2 weeks later the tree has grown 4 inches and is thriving.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Does not look good big leaves in small plant
Let's give it time to mature and see one died want till spring
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I bought this tree 4 years ago and it is 5 foot tall this year. The fast growing I have not experienced. I bought this because we have a new house and needed trees.!!
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March 22, 2015
Searcy, AR, US
Growing Zone:
7
1 Gallon small plant o_O
Wow. My Royal Empress is a little plant. Literally, smaller than my forearm, but that will not keep me from loving this little one in hopes to grow up with us in our new home. Thanks Pam!
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July 10, 2015
Midlothian, TX, US
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
Very slow growth. I expected alot more growth after all this time with the first one I ordered
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Empress tree
Slow growth rate but I attribute that to late planting
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
still waiting for leaves on stick
still waiting for leaves to bud-out of 4ft stick/ seems to be growing from bottom up
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Not very happy
I purchased trees 2 years ago. Grow about 6 feet 1st year. No flowers. Leaves turn brown and drop pff. During winter mpnths just small tree trunk. When spring came they grow no trunks with leaves but no flowers. In this 2nd year, they are abount 4 feet or less. Again, leaves are during brown and dropping off.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Question about trees. Healthy but slow growing.
I received my trees the middle of summer, It's now the middle of November and there has been very little growth. I need to cut all four back even with the ground but don't know if this is the right time of the year to cut them or not? Would you please advise?
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November 17, 2014
Purchased
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
50/50 with these trees
We bought 6 of these trees and only three have made it. Others never grew or nothing just dead. The 3 that made it grow fast and are doing well. Have to keep them away from wind or shelter them once they get past a foot tall, if not wind will snap the tops right off. They are young, but make huge leaves that catch the wind. The leaves can be as big as a foot wide and 1 1/2 foot long. once the trunks harden with age and height it will be a great shade tree. Make sure you don't over water and plant where lots of water is. Many years ago we found out about that with this type of tree. these trees at young are hollow in the trunk and can snap.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Too soon to tell.
The Empress has only been in the ground a few weeks. Has filled out nicely but the top arrived damaged and subsequently lost its foliage. Seems VERY healthy, just short. We'll see.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal empress trees
i bought four trees. Two are doing amazing, but unfortunately two seem to be dead sticks.
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July 31, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
more like a plant at this stage
I was surprised to see is so little when it arrived, as all of the other trees were..........well trees, so this plant looking thing will have to try to live up to its reviews.
planted it in the sunny part of the yard after a few weeks in a more protected inviornment while still in the pot, and though it is well watered and taken care of, the Texas heat is puuncing on everything in my yard............around 100 degrees now. I'm hoping after it makes its winter journey, it will " impress " me then...will have to say that I started off just a little late in the season, so it is hanging in there under these conditions.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress Tree
It supposed to be a fast growing tree, but it's only grown a few inches in the last 2 months. It took 7 days to ship here which is a long time, & longer than they said it would. So the plant was probably in shock. I bought the smallest size to save money since I was buying a few trees, & I wish I would have bought the tallest one instead. Maybe it would be doing better. It is doing better than the other trees though. When I 1st got it, it was a thin little tem with only a few leaves. I am impressed with the leave growth. It has many leaves now that are huge...I just wish the height would grow faster like it says it should!!! Hopefully next year it will grow faster. I really need the shade...
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August 1, 2015
Aurora, CO, US
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Beautiful big leaves on surviving tree
I purchased 2 of these trees. 1 died in flooding waters earlier this spring. The other has grown about 6 more inches and has beautiful big leaves. Summer heat is here in the north Texas area and the tree is staying green and holding its own in the hard clay soil in this area. If it can live through the summer, which I think it will, the root system should be stable enough and deep enough to sustain continued growth. It will be a very beautiful, big tree. Looking forward to that.
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Good tree!!
The cold kinda stunted it to start.now it's growing good
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
4
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
It wasn't the size I thought I ordered, so I think it will take time for it to grow. If you order make sure they tell you the size that they are sending, I only got a bag with some leaves.
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July 29, 2015
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Review Title
The tree has not grown any yet. It is still in the pot maybe after I transplant it it will take off.
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December 15, 2014
Purchased
10 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Too soon to tell
It was touted that there would be up to 6' growth the first season. It is almost August in NY and we've only seen about 8" new growth since planting in late Spring. Maybe the growth rate differs from place to place. However, a poplar seedling has put over 4' this year in the same yard. We look forward to the flowers in the next few years. We are not so young and hope to get our flower reward before we go.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
too soon to tell
Ten days since planting.... Still looking alive.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
5
Just okay so far
Planted my tree 3 months ago and it looks just like it did out of the box. Guess I need to wait until next season before seeing how well it does
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September 21, 2014
Purchased
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Thought it died
Thought it was dead upon arrival but it started to sprout from root, about 4" tall now
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July 24, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Only 2 out of 9 worked out
I live in Houston Texas and the plants arrived well. One is really thriving and one is slowly establishing. Unfortunately all others died after a couple of months.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
empress tree
Mixed review. Purchased 6 trees. 1 doing extremely well growing as advertised. 3 doing moderately well. 1 still alive but not doing anything close to the others. 1 got run over when it was small, cut it down and it is coming back well.

In closing mixed feeling on this purchase. While they are still hanging in there is only 1 exhibiting what can be called "amazing" growth out of the 6 purchased.
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Not sure yet
Had these a couple of months now, out of 10 we lost 2 , they arrived well packed but a few were very bare.

they take a while to get going, but we will see how they perform
would look at a different rating in a few months
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Too soon to tell
I purchased 2, one is doing fair, the other not doing well at all. So far not seeing much grow but they are only in 1 month so may just take more time.
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July 30, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I did not receive any trees. What I received were two tiny seedlings about 3 inches tall that had to be protected from the sun for 2 months before I could attempt to plant them in the ground. They are growing nicely now and have huge leaves. They are very susceptible to insect damage when they are so tiny to begin with. I found lettuce caterpillars eating holes in the leaves while still in the micro pot they were sent in. You need to be a bit more honest in describing what exactly is being purchased and shipped.
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July 27, 2015
Diamond Bar, CA, US
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
10
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
Smaller than expected. We will probably use local nurseries in the future. It was a flyer for the price.
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July 31, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Hopeful
I am still waiting for new growth, hopefully by late fall I will see an improvement and new growth
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July 29, 2015
Elma, NY, US
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress
Looks nothing like the picture, large cottonwood looking leaves coming out close to the ground.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
They both died
Both were planted in irrigated areas, not needed this year, with tree tubes and osmocote in base. One near Houston in my yard. The other near the lake in sandier soil at my lake house 100 miles north.....I see them growing in both places so I don't know what got them........I am able to grow almost anything except American Chestnut, which the blight gets
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Was Really Excited About This Tree
So, I was really excited about getting this tree. Once it was delivered, I followed all of the instructions. It started to grow rather quickly but then a second shoot shot up from the same root. I messaged and tried to contact the company for help. I have yet to get anything other than a "please write a review on your tree" prompt.

So here it is...

Now my tree is in complete distress and has stopped growing completely. I have had it for about 4 months and it is starting to loose its leaves.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Not like advertised
These trees are so touchy you barley put any water on them and they die. I bought four of these trees and I planted them just like the Instructions said and they all died. I don't know if I want to buy any more of anything from this place.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
VERY SLOW GROWTH
THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE MUCH NEW GROWTH. THERE ARE THREE LITTLE LEAVES ABOVE THE FOUR ORIGINAL LEAVES THAT WERE ON IT WHEN I RECEIVED IT. I WAS HOPING FOR A LOT MORE GROWTH, A LOT SOONER
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Not holding my breathe.
With two wilted leaves on a stick, we'll see. Was hoping for a weebit better representation for the species.
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August 2, 2015
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Although, I've had my Royal Empress for awhile, it is just now starring to grow, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It does seem hardy, even in our Ca. drought.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
All died
Purchased 3. All died. Yes I watered them. Weak on arrival.
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
not happy with these trees
I bought 3 of these. I bought 15 other trees around the same time and these 3 trees were the only trees that died. They never grew and lived maybe 4 months.
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July 26, 2015
Georgetown, TX, US
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Not impressed
Planted 2 last May. Both died over the winter. Sent a letter to customer service for reimbursement and never received a reply. Friends who have had theirs for 2 to 4 yrs also lost theirs over the winter and started over with new shoots from the ground, but now they had to cut large trees down.
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July 27, 2015
Frankfort, IL, US
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
5
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Never again
I paid good money for a royal empress tree. Received a half dead root. Followed the planting and care instructions and watched it die.
I emailed the company and received no response
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress is not for Waco, TX
I received two weak looking royal empress trees. I followed the directions given but the trees just could not make it in Central Texas.
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July 28, 2015
Waco, TX, US
Purchased
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
It died
It got pretty hot here in northern IL. 1st 2 90 degree days it withered up. It was watered well. Planted properly. Just wasn't meant to grow in my yard.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
died
died in the first 2 weeks after planting. used all their stuff and did as they said. but it still died.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Review Title
None of three purchased took root, despite following instructions. A total failure!
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
My Royal Empress Tree Died
When I opened the box, my Royal Empress tree looked more like a plant and was curled up and very fragile. I purchased the soil and fertilizer along with the tree. I had already arranged for a landscaping company (who cut my grass) to plant the tree at a cost of $65. When I came home from work, there was about a 3 inch stem showing out of the ground. I watered it as instructed but within a few days it turned brown and hard and died.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
My Royal Empress didn't survive for even three wekeks!
Mine died within two weeks of planting. I bought the extra planting mixes too. So, needless to say, I'm not thrilled about it- I have purchased a number of trees from Fast Growing Trees. They have been good trees. Just not this one-
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July 28, 2015
Purchased
2 months ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Dead
It died a week after I planted it. If I'd of known that was gonna happen I'd of bought sonething else
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
It died
My Royal Empress tree died 2 weeks after I planted it. It's just a stick now.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
I've tried several times and apparently won't grow in the desert. For what I paid, definitely not worth it.
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
6 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal empress
I ordered three of them. The one that actually lived is doing great. The other two were dead when I got them.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Dead
I ordered two trees from this company. This royal empress, and a Cleveland pear. Cleveland pear started growing and sprouting leaves within a week or two. This Royal Empress tree came in the form of a stick smaller than my pinky finger, and despite being in an area with plenty of sun and the huge amounts of rain we've had, it has never grown and is almost certainly dead. Frankly I'm quite sure that it was dead when it came in the mail.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
4 months ago
RAnier cherry, Royal Empress, Eucalyptus
None of the 3 trees survived shipment and transplant.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Dud
Never showed any sign of life from the day we got it.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Is dead
Is dead. Although I put on grown immediately, and put the products indicated, the tree died. I am so sad because it is a wonderful tree but it did not work.
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July 26, 2015
US
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Tree Died, no response from FGT
Was really looking forward to this tree. I consulted an arborist to determine the best place in the yard to plant. Followed all directions, however, the tree died within 14 days of planting. I contacted Fast Growing Trees via email as requested and received no response. Would not use again after this experience.
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July 26, 2015
OH, US
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
NOT GOOD
tree grew very slowly at first so I cut it back like instructions said but it died completely about 6 weeks after it was planted (exactly as the instructions said)
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July 25, 2015
Purchased
7 months ago
My tree died
We planted to specifications. It looked okay for a week, then died. I am very sad as I wanted that tree to make it.
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July 27, 2015
Elgin , TX, US
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
8
the tree died within a few days, watered as indicated, not too much, expensive experiment.
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July 29, 2015
Purchased
1 month ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Royal Empress Tree Dies
We were happy to try the Royal Empress Tree in our front yard. It arrived in the plastic container and was about 2 inches tall. My husband and I went out and dug a nice large hole the day it arrived, and filled it with potting soil and put the tree in and watered it. The tree looked fine and was green and perked up a little after 3 - 4 days. This was late April going into Early may. Then it rained for about a week and a half and the the tree started to wilt. Then by mid May it was dead looking and the only thing left was a single little twig about 2 inches long. We left it alone and waited for about 2 weeks. It started to grow again and started putting on new leaves. It had 4 or 5 leaves and was about 5 inches tall when we started getting heavy rain again in mid to late June. The tree died again and all of the leaves fell off by the first of July. It is now the end of July and all we have is a single dead looking twig about 3 inches long sticking out of the ground. We purchased the insurance on the tree, please advise do we need to request a replacement now or wait until fall ?
Patsy Hively
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July 27, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
5
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Died
Tree did nothing. Came looking like a bare stick, followed the guidelines to a T. Never sprouted or grew, even bought all the recommended products. Got my money back after 2 months.
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July 26, 2015
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
Tender
 
Hardy
Not what I expected
Once planted, growth seemed to take off as expected. Once it reached height of about 3 feet, growth stopped. Did a lot of research and first thought was giving it too much water, so slowed that down. Tree stayed dormant. I coppiced it to ground level, and new shoots began, once about 3 inched, pinched off all but best looking sprout. It grew to about 4 inches , and stopped . Not sure what to do next. Have added fertilizer etc, , but not real happy with it now.

One of the pinched off sprouts we have in a small vase , just moved from water to soil, and it is now also a couple of inches high .

When I replant that, will change location to see if that helps.
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July 26, 2015
FL, US
Purchased
4 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
Slow
Medium
Fast
Hardiness
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Received a dry stick that I try to survived. Well it never did. Unfortunately didn't even notice I was able to pay extra to guarantee my plant.
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July 25, 2015
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4 months ago
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it died
Hello, My tree died 2 weeks after delivery, it was healthy when it arrived but it began to wither and die, I have a moister meter and kept close tabs on the water content, but it died anyway. After it died, I found out that it didn't have a root ball, only the graft stuck down in some potting soil. Maybe It would have survived if I had planted it as soon as I received it, but I wasn't ready to plant it. I am looking for a royal empress with a root ball. I am ready to plant one now.
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July 29, 2015
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What a joke!!
When these 2 trees arrived, they were both twigs! They both died within a couple of months. What a ripoff for what I paid. I will never order another Tree from them!
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July 24, 2015
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7 months ago
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These are invasive species!
I purchased a Royal Empress Tree for my mom, who is a certified master gardener. She was dismayed to tell me that she cannot plant the tree because it is an invasive species and should not be introduced into the environment in North America. She had to burn the tree to dispose of it. If you care about the environment do not purchase trees from this company.
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July 27, 2015
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3 months ago
the royal empress tree that I bought from you died despite following the instructions that was enclosed, in fact, all of the trees that I bought from you guys have died even though I did exactly what the instructions said to do. I planted them the same day that I received them. I will stick with my local nurseries from now on.
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July 26, 2015
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3 months ago
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First tree died. 2nd tree was much smaller and might die.
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July 29, 2015
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1 month ago
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Dead
within 3 weeks, it lost all of its leaves and died! It started out growing really fast and nice. I followed the instructions to the letter, but absolutely nothing would save it. I'm glad that I could dominate money
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July 27, 2015
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3 months ago
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9
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
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two for the price of one!
I bought one a few weeks ago along with another tree, it shipped quickly and came in great condition. In the bottom of the box I found a healthy bare root and as an avid gardener I had to plant it and see what my surprise might be. I am amazed at how fast and how big the leaves are on my second surprise empress tree! I see now why people say cut them all the way to the ground and they will thrive. I can't wait to see BOTH of my trees grow big and provide some beautiful and much needed shade to my pond!
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May 12, 2015
Royal Empress Tree,
I have only had it for a couopla months but so far so good, Leaves are getting large, and it is about 5 and 1/2 ft. Ill let I know when spring comes and the growth starts for real. thx
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September 23, 2014
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1 year ago
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
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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December 31, 2012
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How close to a fence can I plant this tree?
ashley y on Apr 2, 2015
Best Answer: Remember, this tree grows fast! If you don't want the tree limbs to overhang the fence, you should probably plant 12-15 feet from the fence. If it's roots you are worried about, 15-25 feet should prevent any problems. If the roots can grow under the fence and the limbs hang over it, you can plant 8-10 feet from the fence.
Reply · Report · KarenStaff on Jul 6, 2015
Can I cut off lower limbs so I can walk/sit/mow under it?
James on Nov 19, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, as I have trimmed mine up to about 6 feet to allow my zero turn mower to pass under them. These trees just keep on growing!
Reply · Report · David C on Jul 23, 2015
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, you can keep Royal Empress trees at a certain height without killing them. You can prune your tree in the early spring to your desired height. It will grow back a few inches over the summer. This process will create a shorter tree that branches out more.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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
What is the typical lifespan for these trees?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress is said to live from 70-125 years.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Nov 11, 2014
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!
Reply · Report · Judy E on Jun 9, 2014