• Royal Empress Trees for Sale

    Royal Empress Trees for Sale

    Royal Empress Trees for Sale

    Royal Empress Trees for Sale

    Royal Empress Trees for Sale

    Royal Empress Trees for Sale


Royal Empress Trees

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Ships April 5th, 2016

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-t- Starter Fertilizer
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.

1 packet per plant

DIEHARD Transplant
-t- 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents

Growing Zones: 5-11

Growing Zones 5-11 This plant is recommended for zones: 5-11
(green area above)
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

30-40 ft.


Full to Partial

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Paulownia elongata

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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.

Customer Reviews

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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
December 31, 2012
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
December 31, 2012
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.
August 21, 2014
Copperas Cove, TX, US
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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
December 31, 2012
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.
September 2, 2014
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
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?
December 31, 2012
Growth Rate
Keeps coming back
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.
November 14, 2014
Westfield, IN, US
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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.
January 1, 2015
Brandywine, MD, US
Growing Zone:
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.
August 4, 2014

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your 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.

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fast growing
Lewis W on Feb 6, 2016
I thought the trees were pretty and were suppose to grow fast but not to winter well and New Mexico has relatively mild winters. They seem to start from close to ground level every spring. They only grow 2 or three feet a year.
Carla B on Feb 4, 2016
fast growing
Lewis W on Feb 6, 2016
Beautiful.. hope it does well this season :[
rnurse on Feb 6, 2016
I thought the trees were pretty and were suppose to grow fast but not to winter well and New Mexico has relatively mild winters. They seem to start from close to ground level every spring. They only grow 2 or three feet a year.
Carla B on Feb 4, 2016
I'm hopeful this tree will grow quickly and begin to provide shade in an area it is desperately needed. The flowers and fragrance will be nice too.
gary w on Feb 3, 2016
It sounds like a magical tree. I purchased this for my son. If it performs like you say then I will purchase a couple for myself!
Mary Ann G on Jan 31, 2016
Had one, which I thought was a beautiful flowering tree, but then moved to Texas. Obviously, I couldn't take it with me.
Linda G on Jan 30, 2016
looked like a good choice
george k on Jan 27, 2016
The flower looks amazing in photos hope it lives up to the photos.
Susan S on Jan 24, 2016
The beauty of its shape and blooms
DeLayne A on Jan 19, 2016
looks and fast growing
james m on Jan 16, 2016
I read about these trees when reading a novel about the czars of Russia and decided I wanted one for my yard!
Debra C on Jan 15, 2016
For a fast growing shade tree. I know some one with some and seen how fast they grow hope i have the same luck with mine
Marlin C on Jan 15, 2016
Fast growing, gorgeous colors.
Kenneth S on Jan 9, 2016
Beautiful tree, grew 5 foot the first year.
Julie C on Jan 4, 2016
This tree looks fun.
Brian J on Dec 30, 2015
fast growing privacy
Joshua P on Dec 25, 2015
Fast growing, attractive and recommended for the mid Florida region.
Mark F on Dec 23, 2015
We want some color in our backyard.
Jennifer S on Dec 6, 2015
Wanted a fast growing shade tree as the ice storm in 2014 decimated our trees
Michael R on Nov 30, 2015
I have never heard of this tree before, but when I read the description I knew that it was something I wanted in my yard to complement my landscape. I have a flowering cherry tree in the same area that I want to plant this one and I think they will play off each other quite nicely.
Richard F on Nov 25, 2015
yYour recommendation, also we have synthetic turf so cleaning is important.
clinton b on Nov 20, 2015
To be the first in our block to have one.
Vanaro H on Nov 20, 2015
Fast growing and provides shade
Christine F on Nov 20, 2015
I wanted a fast growing shade tree
Herbert W on Nov 18, 2015
Color and fast growth rate
Gary W on Nov 15, 2015
Good reviews. Fast growing. Nice blossoms.
Maria F on Nov 15, 2015
Needed a lovely fast growing tree. This definitely fits the bill!
Lisa M on Nov 12, 2015
fast growing, impressive, unusual
Joe C on Nov 12, 2015
good looking tree for my yard...
thomas w on Nov 11, 2015
fast growing shade tree needed we'll see how it grows
James B on Nov 9, 2015
Fast growth and flowers will enhance privacy and view from our 3-seasons room.
Paul Y on Nov 8, 2015
We have a lot of land and want to try something new and fast growing.
James M on Nov 8, 2015
Seems like a neat tree so we are going to put it up at camp and see if it will grow
Chad S on Nov 4, 2015
Fast growing,large leaves attractive blooms
Scott G on Nov 3, 2015
Wanted a large flowering tree. I had one in Texas and wanted one here in AR
Cheryle N on Nov 3, 2015
Fast growing and provides shade. It also provides a sturdy base to run a wisteria vine around the trunk. I plan to cut the limbs to about eight feet and use the trunk for supports of a wisteria vine pergola.
David G on Oct 26, 2015
I had this tree when I was growing up in South Korea and I've been looking for this tree.
Kim F on Oct 25, 2015
We are hoping to have a beautiful shade tree fast
Mary Anne G on Oct 25, 2015
Hoping it really does what they say!
Randy W on Oct 24, 2015
Thus tree grows very fast. Excellent specimen tree and draws lots of attention. Unique inner structure. Water is allowed to go up the trunk, but not back down. Hollow except where branches form. Be careful.....can be easily over watered and killed. I over watered mine and cut into it to find its unique trunk structure. First 2-4 years critical.
P. J on Oct 23, 2015
Because it's fast growing and I need space between my neighbors
Michelle P on Oct 21, 2015
fast growing, beautiful need on 5 acres.
TERRI W on Oct 19, 2015
Because they are pretty and grow fast...
Robert G on Oct 18, 2015
Love that this is a fast growing tree and love the purple blooms. Just planted 2 a few days ago and looking forward to watching it grow and bloom.
Sandra C on Oct 14, 2015
MAXINE D on Oct 9, 2015
My sister has 6 of these trees and they are beautiful. I want just one in my back yard to provide shade to back of the house from the eastern sun. Should happen in 2 years. I'm also looking forward to spring flowers by then.
Brad B on Oct 9, 2015
I watched the video, and now I'm wanting to see it first hand.
Larry H on Oct 8, 2015
Needed a good shade tree with colorful flowers.
Denny C on Oct 7, 2015
recommended by family member
Kathryn R on Oct 6, 2015
Don't expect nothing impressive on the one gallon plant. I received tree 1 gallon plastic pot with a nude 1 foot stick on each. Planted it anyways to see the magic ( I HOPE) will follow update
adriana M on Oct 5, 2015
Beautiful.. hope it does well this season :[
rnurse on Feb 6, 2016
I'm hopeful this tree will grow quickly and begin to provide shade in an area it is desperately needed. The flowers and fragrance will be nice too.
gary w on Feb 3, 2016
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.
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.
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!
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!
My Royal Empress came as a bare stick, and now it has 2 branches on it with leaves about 6" wide and growing nicely. Recently I noticed that the leaves had brownish, yellow spots all over them, and some have little holes. Can you help with this question? Thanks!
Arlene P on Mar 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: First of all, this is a fast-growing robust tree, so the spots should not endanger the tree.This could be anthracnose, which good hygiene can help with -- keep the area under the tree raked and clean and make sure the old leaves are discarded, not put on the compost pile. It cold also be a host of other things, and I am afraid we don't have enough information to say exactly what you have. If it continues to be a problem, we recommend you contact your Extension Agent to determine what you have and what remedies would help.
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!
should I use a tree tube around my newly planted empress trees to protect them from damage the first year or so?
James F on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hi James, I didn't use a tree tube, but I did paint the trunk. I learned I have tons of earwigs that have been feasting on my trees. Now using Tanglefoot (organic property) & the trees r looking much better. I hope this has been helpful. I love my Royal Empress trees! :-)
How does these Empress tree do in windy area?
Debbie D on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I live on the Texas gulf coast we have not had a major full blown huricane since we planted our tree we have had winds up to 75-80 miles per hour and the tree hasn't lost any limbs and only limited leaves.
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.
My tree is apprx 30 feet tall and 4 years old and has bloomed and produced beautiful flowers and leaves every year. However, this year, it has no buds or leaves yet. It almost looks dead. How do I tell?
sharon v on Jun 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can tell if the tree is dead by scraping back some of the skin, or bark, on some stems: if it is green right under the bark, the tree is alive and you just need to wait for it to recover and start growing again. If it is brownish right under the bark and dry so it breaks easily, the tree is probably dead. In that case, you will need to cut your tree, and one or more shoots will come from the base and quickly grow a new tree. If there are several shoots, chose the strongest to keep, and cut back the others. You will soon have a new tree to enjoy.
I planted and within a couple weeks the deer chewed it down halfway to about 6". Is there a way to help it recover?
Cherri S on Mar 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Deer can be a problem when the tree is young, keeping it eaten down so it never gets a chance to take off. You can put up a wire cage to keep them out so the tree an get going. Once it gets tall and the trunk is stronger, they are seldom a problem, and it is such a strong grower that even if they do eat some leaves, regrowth is fast. It will probably take only 2-3 years for it to get big enough to withstand deer.
Does this tree have roots that stay at the surface of the ground? Do they disrupt sidewalks within 4-5 ft?
Dan W on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Royal Empress roots typically grow straight down. However, I would still not recommend planting it that close. The closest I would plant this tree to a sidewalk would be about 15ft.
I have these trees and they do not flower, why is that?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Many of our plants actually bloom in the nursery, but others will take a couple of years or more to decide they are ready to bloom. Many things can affect their blooming; first the tree has to be mature enough to support bloom production, and it has to overcome transplant shock and acclimate itself to a new location before it can grow vigorously. A second reason: The buds form in the summer, hold through the winter and the open into blooms the next spring; if we have an unusually severe winter, or if we have a warm spell in late winter followed by a cold snap, the buds can be killed, and there will be no blooms. This is especially true if you live in zone 5 or northern 6, which is pretty much the northern limit of where this plant will grow. Water can also affect bloom, and either too much water (most likely cause) or too little water (drought has to be really severe!) can cause buds to abort. When the tree is young, if you apply a fertilizer that is heavy in nitrogen, it can stimulate the plant to produce lots of lush foliage at the expense of bloom production. In short, there are many reasons your Empress Tree might not be blooming. But the most likely reason for an established tree not to bloom is that the buds are being killed in winter.
i would like to plant an Empress tree as a street tree in front of my house ,I live in orange county Ca .My concern is, would its roots affect the water line or sewer line ?
Anica B. on Aug 17, 2015
My best advise is to contact your water and sewer department to see if they have restrictions of certain trees or how close to the street you are allowed to plant. I know California seems to have restrictions for everything. Better to check before planting.Then, please contact our sales department so that we can help with any of your tree needs. 1 888 504-2001
Thank you and Happy Gardening
do the roots grow above ground?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, I have no roots growing above ground. I planted it like the picture, with grass to the trunk. No issues. This tree has nice big bright green leaves and grows fast. Like it!
When is best time to plant the royal empress tree in zone 8?
Betty S on Aug 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can plant this tree pretty much any time of the year. If you plant in summer, you will need to pay attention to the watering, keeping it evenly moist for that first season and not letting it dry out. However, this tree does not like wet feet, so be sure to plant it in a well-drained site so when you water, the ground is moist, not soggy. After it is established, it requires very little attention to grow well.
What country is this tree native too?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Central and Western China
It loses its leaves in winter?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress will lose its leaves in the winter.
What do the yellow or brown spots on the leaves mean?
Linda R on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Sometimes if water droplets dry in the sun on the leaves brown spots will appear where the water was. It could be a fungus, but if the leaves are mostly green and aren't wilting then its probably fine. Remove the leaves with spots and new full green leaves will fill in. If you're concerned you can apply an organic fungicide to your tree. Never over water a Royal Empress Tree!
Does the Empress pose a problem for the septic system? If yes, how far from the septic system should the Empress Tree be planted?
Grammie on Jul 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress Tree has a large root system to support all these blooms ad all that rapid growth, and the roots will extend beyond the drip line of the branches. This tree will eventually get 30-40 feet wide, so I would not plant it any closer to a septic system than 20 feet, and 25 feet would be even safer.
how do you keep the worms off empress trees ?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If the worms are leaving small holes in the leaves, it is unlikely to hurt the tree, since it grows and produces new leaves at such a fast rate. It is hard for us to give advice when we don't know more about your pest, so we highly recommend you contact your local Extension Agent to help identify the worms and to figure out a remedy. They know your local condition and can make an on-site visit to diagnose your problem and recommend solutions.
Got My tree on April 6 as of today it hasnt gown at all. We have had alot of rain. What can I do??
janice g on Jun 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Don't worry, it takes a while for the roots to grow in newly planted soil. It took four months before my tree started growing. After the fist year cut the tree to the ground in spring and then watch the tree take off. I have four trees that I cut down after the fist year and the three grew 14 feet the second year. My third year of growing the tree is 25 feet tall and still growing.
will the catapillers eating the leaves from my tree hurt it? is there something I can spray to keep them off it?
kay e on Aug 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The caterpillars will not hurt the tree. If you do want to spray you can use an oil spray or insecticidal soap.
I live on the mo. side of ar. border just w of bootheel. Our hottest driest part of year is coming is now the best time to plant giant empress?
Michael W on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would wait until fall to plant the tree when the weather cools or wait until spring. The tree grows very quickly, reaching fifteen to twenty feet in a few months. i will add that in Va. we had two very cold winters and had to cut the tree all the way back,however, it responded quickly and is already fifteen feet and still getting taller. It is a topic of conversation on our street. Good luck to you!
Karen N on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree will grow 30-40 feet wide, and the root system will extend beyond the branches' drip line. To keep the branches from brushing against the house, and to keep the roots from being a problem with the foundation, I would not plant any closer than 20 feet from the house, and 25 feet would be even safer.
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress Tree grows best in a sandy loam. It requires good drainage. which hard clay typically does not provide. That being said, this is a tough tree and can grow most anywhere,as long as its soil does not stay wet (moist is OK) for any period of time. If you have clay, you can amend the soil with organic matter like composted leaves, plant it in a raised bed, or on a slope where water will not pool and drown the roots.
Leaves on my 1/2 year old and 6 feet tall tree are eaten by something (there are many holes on the leaves) What it could be, and how to fight it?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I had the same problem and did nothing but let the trees grow. They are doing fine now.
Has anyone had success with these trees surviving Central NH winters?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately central New Hampshire gets a little too cold for the Royal Empress Tree. The Eastern Redbud and Jane Magnolia would be better options for your area.
how high does the tree get before it forks out?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress will start to fork at about 4-6ft, but it really does depend on the tree (it can vary).
I've seen pictures of this plant with brilliantly colored blooms. The photos on your website of the one you appear to be selling has light pink blooms. Could you tell me please how to know what color I'd be getting if I ordered from you?
jennifer a on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The blooms on our Royal Empress are more of a light purple color.

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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos. Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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

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