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Royal Empress Trees

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

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Royal Empress Trees

World's Fastest Growing Tree

Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

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

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

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

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

2-3 ft.

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Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

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

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

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

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

1-2 ft.

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List: $ 59.90
Sale: $ 38.94
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Empress Tree Planting Mix
Empress Tree Planting Mix

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fast Growing Trees Nursery uses proven stock that's non-invasive, faster growing, and hardier... your tree arrives ready for explosive growth.




Growing Zones: 5-11

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 30-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Paulownia elongata
Form When Arrives: sparse branching
Does not ship to: AZ, WI
Growing Zones 5-11
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-11
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It's Easy to Plant your Royal Empress Trees

Specific Directions for Royal Empress Trees

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

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

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

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


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

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

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

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



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

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

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

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

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

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

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

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

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

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I was excited to buys these after reading reviews and seeing the photos. I ordered 6 trees and the only size choice was ""one gallon""but was shocked when I found my 6 plants buried in the one gallon pots of mulch and they were one inch (not foot) tall. other reviews remarked about 2-4 foot trees but these were very small. I only hope they really do grow fast or my privacy plans will many years down the road
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December 31, 2012
On this website the Royal Empress tree is a ""recommended"" tree for planting in Wisconsin, however this tree is BANNED by the Department of Natural Resources. Please be a responsible homeowner and do your homework before planting illegal invasive plants
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December 31, 2012
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
Purchased
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
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
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
From Copperas Cove, TX, US
Growing Zone:
8
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
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
Purchased
1 year ago
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
Purchased
1 year ago
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
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
Purchased
4 years ago
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
I bought two Royals five months ago and one was brokenin shipping and I could not get it to grow. It finally withered and died. I kept the second in a large pot to use when a new house we are building is ready in December. This plant keeps budding, growing small leaves then drops them all it is just a stick in the pot now about 14 inches tall
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
1 year ago
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
Purchased
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
Purchased
1 year ago
I just received my tree (?) 4 days ago. At first, I wasn't sure where it was. All of the soil in the pot had come out and was all over the plastic bag covering the plant. Once I found what I think was the root, I immediately used the planting mix along with other soil to plant into a 5-gallon pot. I couldn't tell if any part of the very small root should stick above the soil, so I covered it. Watered it well. Just waiting to see if it does anything. Very disappointed with the shhipping, though. Hope my shipment of the windmill palms goes much better
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December 31, 2012
Bought two of these trees about 5 years ago... they were about 12-18"" when we got them.. they are now both at least 60 feet tall and now spreading out wide. We live in Central Texas, where we have been in a drought, so I am guessing that is why we have not had flowers really... but it has plenty of big leaves. We recently expanded our patio and the workers loved taking breaks under them because they produce so much shade. My one neighbor keeps having to cut it back on his side of the fence because it grows over his garden and prevents sun... but other then that they are great trees if you need shade fast
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December 31, 2012
I am in north florida. I purchased and empress tree in may 2013. it came in a great package. I followed the planting instructions and it started off slow as they said it would. its now been in the ground 3 months and it is around 5 feet tall and has leaves 2 feet wide. I cant wait to cut it down this winter and watch it take off next spring....great product and I will be buying more!
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
1 year ago
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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
4 months 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
5 months ago
Very strong and hearty tree
I'm not sure how these trees will fare over the winter, but I do know there has been substantial growth since they were planted. They have leafed out and currently look very strong. I cannot wait to see what happens next year based on what I've read. I don't believe I'll be disappointed. Perhaps they will even flower since they appear to grow so fast. I'll be able to give a better assessment then. Thanks! Diana D.
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September 6, 2014
Purchased
5 months ago
Amazing tree
Last summer 2013, my little tree was a stick in the ground basically. It grew a little and became a longer stick. The stick stayed strong through the harsh winter. When spring broke, some rude person broke it off. However, they actually did me a favor, because shortly after that little buds started growing around the stump. Every day the buds got bigger and bigger. The stump still remained a stump, but before I knew it there were leaves growing all around the stump. All summer, this tree has been growing from a stump barely sticking out of the ground, to almost 6 feet tall -- I haven't measured it yet, but I'm 5'7" and its taller than me. I wish I could post a before and after picture here, so you could see for yourself. I am so looking forward to when it starts to flower!
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September 3, 2014
Claims seem true!
The tree was delivered on June 06, 2014 and was planted the same day. I took a lot of harassment as the "tree" was barely 3" tall with only 5 leaves, each about the size of a dime. It looked like a Green Q-tip! It has only been planted 86 days now and is 5' tall and about 4' in diameter and the leaves set easily 18-20" across. Needless to say the harassment has turned to envy! I am anxious to see fall arrive and to see how large this tree will be by the end of next year's growing season.
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September 2, 2014
Purchased
5 months 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
I ordered my tree in May and received it within a week. It was about 6 inches and I planted as per the directions.Here it is October 29th and the tree is now 6' 2"" and growing beautiful.Can hardly wait to see the flowers
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
We purchased three in June of 2013. It is the end of October and one is over 8 feet tall, one is about 5 1/2 feet tall and one is about three feet tall. I was very concerned when we got them as they were only about two inches tall! I can't wait to see how much more they grow, there are several similar trees in town that I know did not come from here and they are more like bushes then tree's. Ours look like trees, can't wait to see what another year does for them
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December 31, 2012
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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.
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November 14, 2014
From Westfield, IN, US
Growing Zone:
5
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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
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4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
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
From Seminole, FL, US
Purchased
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
4
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
5 months ago
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
1 year 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
3 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
1 year ago
I planted my royal Empress tree July 5 2013 and it arrive July 3, It cam in about 8 to 12 inches with about 4 leaves. Today Sept 2nd it is about 6 feet tall and looking great. we have had Preyamanis bugs baby under leaves and noticed small green Spyders. Other than that it is growing well. Neighbors are asking what we have for a tree. Can't wait for Spring to see flowers
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
1 year ago
i have purchace twice with no luck both died but, not giving up
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
Our tree is three years old and about 30 feet tall. We had two nights of heavy frost this past spring that killed off the leaf buds, but the tree came back with a vengeance. We're looking forward to seeing it flower next spring
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December 31, 2012
I have purchased 5 Royal Emoress Trees (2-6 ft and 3 2-3 ft). Planted with much care in the spring the 3 smaller trees (potted) did not live beyond the summer. The 2 larger trees arrived early spring bare-rooted, no limbs, and topped at ~6 ft in height. These too were planted with much care and attention. The first one branched out within 2 months but did not survive into the fall. The second branched out with 4-5 branches abut 6"" long before going dormat in the fall. This spring it is growing great....however, branches are growing horizontally. Has gained no height. Not sure how it will continue to grow having been topped at 6'. Certainly will not replace any
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
2 years ago
Bought 2 in August of 2012...kept one and gave one for a gift...both died...they were both planted per instructions day after delivery...did not survive winter...and we had a mild winter last year...
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
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
2 years ago
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Get em out while you can.
While many of these reviews are written with little life of the tree, I planted two several years ago. What they don't show is the seed pods that drop thousands of seeds - literally, if they are not cut early on. Since it is a fast growing tree - you will quickly realize that the seeds are not so easy to get to once it full grown, and they get heavy often breaking the very soft wood branches. Once its cut down when you have enough - you can't keep it away - in fact it came up so often at my neighbors - yes my same plant, that they finally gave up cutting it down.
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November 25, 2014
From Fullerton, CA, US
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Tender
 
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The tree lost all of it's leaves in summer
After replanting this tree a 2nd time to ensure that there was proper drainage the tree dropped all it's leaves in summer. I was told to cut the tree down to the ground and see if it comes back next spring. We shall see.
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November 25, 2014
Purchased
3 months ago
Growth Rate
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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
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
Growth Rate
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Medium
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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
3 months ago
Growth Rate
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Tender
 
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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
From Lake In The Hills, IL, US
Purchased
4 months ago
Growth Rate
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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
4 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
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
9
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
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
4
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
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
4
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
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5 months ago
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
Purchased
5 months ago
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
5 months ago
Mine was amazing
I have moved away from where I planted this tree but I have to tell you my experience with it. I bought the tree for a back yard that had no shade. Of course I was a bit skeptical on how fast it wold grow but was excited to find out. It didn't matter i wanted a tree back there. It came perfectly packaged and in great condition. I was very impressed first with the care that was taken to get it to me safely. I followed all the directions in the packing and planted my little 12" tree (or stick with some leaves at the time" and waited for it to grow. Low and behold, with in 6 months it out grew my 3 year old grandson. It was so much fun watching it grow. When I drove by the house about a year ago I could see it in the back yard towering over the house and even though I could tell it was not being taken care of like I took care of it, it was still alive. I planted the foot tall tree in late 2009 and in 5 years it was taller than the house. If you want to get shade fast for your home I highly recommend this tree. I am planning to buy more myself as soon as I clear it with my husband. Enjoy!!!!
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September 19, 2014
From Powderly, TX, US
Growing Zone:
4
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
5 months ago
First planted three years ago is now 30-40 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Gorgeous. Didn't flower this year because we had a cold and late winter, but the one planted last fall, just a sprig, is 4 ft tall and full of leaves. Both trees are very hardy
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
1 year ago
I got my tree in 2010 and it has grown to 20 feet high by 20 feet wide, but we had a very harsh & cold winter in 2013-2014 here in Illinois. It is now May 20th 2014 and it has yet to produce leaves. So I don't know if the harsh winter killed it or not, but the tree did grow, on average 5 feet a year
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December 31, 2012
I WAS SO DISSAPOINTED WHEN MY 1ST SHIPMENT OF EMPRESS TREES DIDN,T ARRIVE, I CONTACTED CUSTOMER SERVICE WHO PROMPTED RESHIPPED MY TRESS & THEY ARE ALL DOING GREAT!! I,M SO IMPRESSED- THANK-YOU ALLISON & LAURA! I,LL DEFINITLY BE ORDERING MORE
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December 31, 2012
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
2 years ago
The site descriptors for this tree all were true. It is hearty. And it GROWS. In it's third summer, it produces shade. I ordered a second tree and it is taking off as well.
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
Growing well in its first year.
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
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
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
2 years ago
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Tender
 
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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
4 months ago
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
2 years ago
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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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!
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Can a person cut it back and keep it at a certain height every year with out killing it?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. This acts as a reset switch and the tree grows back fuller, faster and stronger. It's suggested that a person cuts their Royal Empress Tree down to the ground every Spring if the tree didn't provide at least 4 feet of growth during the past year.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
I received my empress tree and it was nothing more than a single stem 4 or 5 inches high. I have decided to just grow it like a flimsy plant. I'm open to ideas though. Should I just leave it in the pot it came in and hope it grows?
Liz W on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree responds very well to being cut down to the ground. They spring up 6 to 10 feet the first year after being planted. It will be best to go ahead and plant your tree. The root system will establish quickly and take off. Follow to planting and care instructions provided by the link below for the best results.

http://www.plantingdirections.com/?s=royal+empress
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If tip of tree has died between first and second year of growth do I cut it off?
Carla L on May 30, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, you can, but you don't have to. The tree will grow past it. If the tree has a lot of dead wood, but has a good healthy root ball, you can cut the tree off at the base and it will shoot up a new healthy tree. I had one I had to cut down and it kept trying to regrow from the root ball for almost a year. Once established, the tree will grow like a weed.
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My tree is apprx 30 feet tall and 4 years old and has bloomed and produced beautiful flowers and leaves every year. However, this year, it has no buds or leaves yet. It almost looks dead. How do I tell?
sharon v on Jun 5, 2014
Best Answer: Remember, most of the US had a COLD, HARD winter! Give your tree some time, thru June. Hopefully, it will bounce back.
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What is the typical lifespan for these trees?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress is said to live from 60-80 years.
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How does these Empress tree do in windy area?
Debbie D on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: I live on the Texas gulf coast we have not had a major full blown huricane since we planted our tree we have had winds up to 75-80 miles per hour and the tree hasn't lost any limbs and only limited leaves.
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should I use a tree tube around my newly planted empress trees to protect them from damage the first year or so?
James F on Jun 10, 2014
Best Answer: Hi James, I didn't use a tree tube, but I did paint the trunk. I learned I have tons of earwigs that have been feasting on my trees. Now using Tanglefoot (organic property) & the trees r looking much better. I hope this has been helpful. I love my Royal Empress trees! :-)
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Does this tree put out seeds that then grow even more of the trees?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: N, our Royal Empress Trees are sterile therefore you will not get seeds.
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My Empress tree is 4 yr. old and has never had flowers it is a nice shade tree 45 feet tall I was so looking for word to the flowers I can't seem to find the reason why can anyone help?
shebababie on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: What zone are you in? Flower buds form on tree in fall and are carried through the winter. Did you have buds at all? My tree was about 25 feet tall and six inch caliper at base, and had about 50 flower buds, but the extreme cold winter we had in mid Michigan killed the tree above ground. I cut it off at ground level and am starting over. Currently about two feet tall. Lol
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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!
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Do royal empress trees have roots that damage side walks ?
Don R on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: We suggest that you plant the Royal Empress 15-20ft away from the sidewalk. This is not because of the root system, but because of the size of the canopy. The Royal Empress has a root system that grows downward.
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i have 5 empress tres all planted at same time.one tree has smaller leaves than the rest. is this normal?also 4 of the trees froze out during this past winter but are coming up from the roots but trunk of looks dead.what to do?i live in w va.chet sampson
A shopper on Jul 28, 2014
Best Answer: I would not be concerned about the tree with the smaller leaves. As far as the trunk in early spring I would cut it down to the ground and remove any growth from the roots that is coming up as they are taking the nutrients from the trunk.
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how do you grow empress tree from seed?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: No we grow our Royal Empress Trees are grafted.
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I bought one of your empress trees this spring and we recently had a frost that made all the leaves fall off. Now it's just a stem sticking up about 5 ft. Will it die? Should I cut it?
Denise J on Nov 11, 2014
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IIT loses the lea es in winter?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress will lose its leaves in the winter.
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can you plant it by the house?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
Best Answer: I would not plant the Royal Empress tree any closer than 30ft from your house.
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how do you keep the worms off empress trees ?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
Best Answer: Never had trouble with worms....just planted it, let it grow, let one of the neighbor kids break off the top of it during the winter ("I thought it was a stick!"), then watched it grow about 13' this summer. Pretty cool tree....and it's just about to start flowering, if the buds are any indication.
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Leaves on my 1/2 year old and 6 feet tall tree are eaten by something (there are many holes on the leaves) What it could be, and how to fight it?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2014
Best Answer: Sevin dust should work.
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How is your Empress tree non-invasive? Id really like to plant one but ive been reading alot of negative things about them destroying eco systems.
gsxr0383 on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: Our Royal Empress trees are cloned making them sterile.
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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).
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How close can I plant this tree to my house? Because it grows so fast are roots invasive?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: I wouldn't plant the tree closer than 20 to 25 feet from your house just because the tree will get pretty large over time. I have recently moved, but the last trees I had were over 20 feet tall and had a width of 10 feet or so and they were only 2 1/2 years old. They didn't seem to be very invasive, but new trees will grow from the root system if the primary plant is cut down. I hope this helps!
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do you ship larger tree like 10 ft tall 3" dia?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
Best Answer: We do not ship anything that large. Typically the largest will be about 6ft tall with an inch caliper.
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Our Empress tree died because of spraying. Do we have to wait for Fall to plant another one here in Western Washington?
Beverly R on Jul 22, 2014
Best Answer: Although the early Spring and early Fall are the best time to plant Royal Empress Trees if you aren't experiencing scorching hot temperatures in the 90's or above you can go ahead and plant now.
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Are there any restrictions planting this tree in California?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: This tree can be planted in California. Ours are sterile and don't spread all over. However they get 30 to 40 feet tall and need room to grow.
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What do the yellow or brown spots on the leaves mean?
Linda R on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: Sometimes if water droplets dry in the sun on the leaves brown spots will appear where the water was. It could be a fungus, but if the leaves are mostly green and aren't wilting then its probably fine. Remove the leaves with spots and new full green leaves will fill in. If you're concerned you can apply an organic fungicide to your tree. Never over water a Royal Empress Tree!
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I have these trees and they do not flower, why is that?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
Best Answer: Sometimes it can take several years to flower. Also, if it is a long, harsh winter it may not flower that following spring.
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What country is this tree native too?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
Best Answer: Hi,
The story seems to be that this tree was planted in China when a newborn (possibly female) was born. That said, it seems there are various areas that the tree can grow. I've never seen one and when we moved to Nevada, we planted one and it took off. Cavaet: In Nevada - I don't know where else - it was inundated with creepy crawlies that I just couldn't control - it was more of 'eat all you can' buffet for pests leaving holes every which way. I think some research in the 'China' environment would be a good start to see if it's close to yours. I do need to add that I got my first Willow Hybrids from this Co. and you cannot believe the growth. Meenie, Minie, and Mo I call them - I have blocked out a 2 story behind us in only 2 seasons. And, one of the most critical factors for me - is that I can't over water them. Hope that helps.
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does this tree attract hummingbirds?
Dorianne K on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress has been known to attract hummingbirds.
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does this tree come in taller heights?
A shopper on Oct 4, 2014
Best Answer: At times we do have Royal Empress trees that ship out at 5-6ft tall.
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Is it ok to plant in the fall in TN? or should we wait til spring?
Linda D on Sep 14, 2014
Best Answer: Early Fall is a great time to Plant in TN.
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How deep and wide should the hole be for planting the tree? (we are new homeowners and not gardeners } Live in zone 9, Corpus Christi, TX. We have clay soil, difficult to dig. When is the best times to plant the Empress tree? If this tree is not recommended for Corpus, please advise one that is.
A shopper on Aug 21, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Central Texas and my tree is doing great.
I made a mixture of Top Soil, Tree/Bush soil, Perlite and Manure , and Peat Moss My tree is loving the mixture. Be SURE not to put this tree in direct sunlight in Texas - it's too hot. Be careful about planting it where it gets windy as the leaves are so huge they'd rip in high winds. If you live on the coast you'd have to figure out what part of your home doesn't get high winds. Also, if you're going to put it in pot at first, be careful about putting it on cement as the sun heats the cement and dries out the dirt. The Empress doesn't like a lot of water, but it's been between 101 and 107 here so I'm watering it 2-3 times a day, lightly, not soaking. It is invasive, as I've read, so be careful not putting it up against your home...give it at least 10 feet. Mine hasn't sprouted any new trees but it's not in ground yet. As far as how wide to make the hole...it needs to be 3 TIMES larger then the Root Ball. and plant it so that the top comes just UNDER your "dirt line".
If you think it will be too much work or won't do well - try the Crepe Myrtles - they grow ALL over the place here. They love full sun or partial shade and are extremely drought tolerant. They're gorgeous and smell amazing and everyone loves to look at them.
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how do you kill the tree, nothing I have tried has worked?
David V on Aug 17, 2014
Best Answer: we've cut some trees down to the ground, drilled some holes in the trunk that is in the ground and poured either gas or acid on them...they're gone.
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When is best time to plant the royal empress tree in zone 8?
Betty S on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer: I recommend planting in early spring. However; I have planted as late as August and will cut the tree flat to the ground come early spring. The roots keep growing over the winter so the tree comes back strong.
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Does it draw lots of bees? Highly allergic. Thanks
Buddy's Grandma on Aug 6, 2014
Best Answer: It has fragrant blooms in the spring, but I never noticed undue attraction to bees. When it gets larger, that may be more of a problem. I wouldn't keep it close to your house anyway as it gets large rather quickly!
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I,m in NJ. We have a lot of deer in the garden, they practically eat almost any " deer resistant " plants. Will they eat this tree?
Germangirl956 on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress is not a tree that deer will typically go after. However, it can depend on region and what else is around for them to snack on.
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do you cut the tree down every year?
Peggy B on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: Typically the rule of thumb with the Royal Empress tree is if you do not see 4ft of growth in a year the following spring cut it down to the ground. When it grows back it should grow back faster.
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We live in Zone 9 Redding, Ca. and it is a drought area; very hot. When is the best time to plant this tree?
CAROL T on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: Enter an answer to this question. It is always best to plant trees in either the spring or fall when you have the best combination of wetter weather and milder temperatures. These trees have a pithy core when they are small and are sensitive to dry conditions before the roots are well established as a consequence. If you are keeping it in a pot for now you will need to water it attentively in hot weather. .
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will a cutting from a branch root?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: There is a very good chance that would work. The Royal Empress is very resilient.
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Is your empress tree a Splendor?
Mark K on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: Our Royal Empress tree is the Elongata.
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will this tree grow on cape cod ma. sandy soil?
paul b on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: As David said, these will grow well in sandy soil.
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Can these be planted in the summer?
Joey H on Jun 18, 2014
Best Answer: Yes they can. We purchased ours in June 2012, it grew to about 3' high and then saw no further growth so I took the advice of other Royal Empress growers and cut it down to the ground in November 2012.
It the sprouted from the stump and took off like a bean stalk. As of today, June 18th 2014 it stands approx 17 feet tall and is full of leaves and looking very healthy.
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I wanted to plant 3 of these trees next to a shed to provide as much shade as possible. I live in Nevada and during the summer it is over 100 degrees inside the shed. Why is it suggested to plant more than 10 feet away from structures??? Are the roots invasive to foundations at all???
Michelle M on Oct 16, 2014
Best Answer: Dear Mitchell,
i have not planted any of my empress trees any closer to a structure than 10 feet, but will say phat they have a pretty wide spread, even before they get tall, and that you would probably need to trim a lot of the branches that were growing towards the shed. As my trees have gotten taller and taller, I trim off low branches anyway so in time, i think the branches will reach out over the shed for more shade. The roots ride high on the ground, and they do send out "shoots" of sorts that will give you baby empress tress, so i think it is possible that they might be invasive to foundations. I do have them planted close to sidewalks however, and have not had any cracks in sidewalks. I have had the best luck with the trees I planted in a friends yard and in my mom's yard around Louisville KYl I certainly got very close to the 10 feet per year growth of which they are capable. I am in Savannah and with a built in sprinkler system, they seemed to not do quite as well with excessive water (think perhaps Iost a couple to too much water), or perhaps it was the heat. Once they got established though, they are growing very quickly and I am at about 25 feet tall in four years. They seem to like to be neglected a bit to grow best. It may also be the coastal soil, which is a mix of Georgia clay and sand, whereas Louisville is lots of clay without the sand. I would utililize lots of compost in my original planting hole if I were you.
As tall as the trees get, and with it's huge leaves, the shade 'footprint' that it produces is generous and heavy shade so I think planted anywhere near the shed, you will get great shade to cool your shed....
Best of luck
David
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Are the leaves and flowers toxic to livestock, horses and dogs?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2014
Best Answer: Every part of the tree is edible. The leaves have good nutrition for livestock from what I have read. The flowers are sometimes used in salads. I have actually eaten a small section of the leaf back when I did my research.

In my experience so far, these are wonderful trees. Make sure to plant in a very sunny area and good drainage is a must.
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what are water requirements for empress tree?
nancy b on Oct 6, 2014
Best Answer: This tree is very hardy and fairly drought resistant as advertised, apparently it has a deep tap root. But as any new tree that has been planted, give it plenty of water the first year. Mine took a year and a half of lawn mower abuse, I transplanted the roots into a pot at home, it grew slowly, then after the winter and spring transplanted it to the yard of my primary home, since then it has exploded in height and width.
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is this a gmo species (geneticly modified) in any way ?
River Q on Oct 1, 2014
Best Answer: All of our trees are non GMO.
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What family of trees is this a member of?
A shopper on Sep 6, 2014
Best Answer: Paulowniaceae is the family of the Royal Empress.
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my royal empress never bloomed even after 8 years do you know why?
marianne r on Sep 1, 2014
Best Answer: Once the leaves fall off I would fertilize it with some slow release fertilizer and some nitrogen. Sometimes is can take up to 4 years to flower, but 8 years would be unusual. A lot of times if you 'stress it out' or change its regular cycle it will flower.
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I have a newly planted tree which is about 3 -4 ft tall now. It's starting to get growth maybe branches from the bottom of the stalk/trunk. Should I remove these low growths?
Marcie T on Aug 30, 2014
Best Answer: I have 5 of these plants. I have left them alone to their own devices. I am often out of the country, but when I return they are still there growing. I have not cut any lower growth.

Hope this helps

SW
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is this tree dear resistant?
malini v on Aug 25, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress is known to be a deer resistant tree, however, if deer are hungry enough they will eat anything. Once it gets to be 6ft tall there should be no worries.
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Can this tree grow in Ontario ?
Imran K on Aug 22, 2014
Best Answer: ON is in a zone 2/3 so it is a little cold there for the Royal Empress.
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can it be planted in the summer?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. However; since it will probably not grow that much when planted, cut it down to the ground in early spring and watch it grow grow grow.
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Is this really a catalpa tree? It's blooms are paler than the palauwnia online.
Debbie H on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: This tree is the Palauwnia the leaves and furry stems are consistant with the characters of this tree and they also do not bare any type of fruit like the catalpa tree does. it is similar but the Patlauwnia is considered very intrusive in the southern states. If you do the comparison you will see the difference. I have this tree in the north and love bought it to give shade quickly for our goats and sheep and it is over 10 ft high and 6 ft wide right now and this is the really the first full year in the ground. It has not bloomed yet it is still considered a young tree but is doing well hopefully we will experience the blooms also. Hope this was helpful.
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whens the best time to plant?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Iowa, and I would recommend early fall, with late spring the next option. It seems that these young trees are a little "slow" coming to life in the spring, but then really take off.
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Does this tree have a big/invasive root system?
A shopper on Jul 13, 2014
Best Answer: Our Royal Empress trees are cloned and sterile, therefore, they are not invasive. Also, they have a root system that grows down rather than out.
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When should I plant this tree in the ground in zone 5 ?
Sally on Jun 29, 2014
Best Answer: End of April beginning of May for best results. Now is fine just remember to water regularly and put 3 to 4" of wood mulch on for the winter. First summer will be for the roots, but you should get a nice size tree yet this summer and fall.
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can you plant it in November in Indiana?
Dawn O on Nov 12, 2014
Best Answer: Yes - actually, planting in the late fall is a really good idea. The plant is dormant, and so it is less of a shock to the roots to plant now. Just remember to mulch heavily, to help protect your young plant against the cold.
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Can a Royal Empress Tree remain healthy near a black walnut tree?
Sarah R on Oct 20, 2014
Best Answer: As long as the mature trees drip lines don't cross over too heavily.
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Hi how much will be grown in a year the Royal Empress Trees? do you have paolownia tree also?
A shopper on Oct 18, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress usually gets 6-8 feet per year, but has been known to grow up to 12ft per year. Royal Empress and Paulownia are the same tree.
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What is it's botanical name?.
Lynda B on Oct 13, 2014
Best Answer: Paulownia elongata
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We live in Boerne, Texas, just 20 miles West of San Antonio. If I order and plant the tree this month, October, is there a chance of it freezing. Most extreme temperatures here are in the 20's for a day or two?
Robert M on Oct 1, 2014
Best Answer: It should not be effected. Fall is the best time to plant.
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m in zone 5 but it says doesn't ship to WI., why?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: We would love to be able to send you the Royal Empress, however, due to WI agricultural restrictions they do not allow it to be shipped into the state.
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Hi,
My Royal Empress trees are about 1 foot tall and are in 1 gallon pots on my patio. I live in Michigan and am uncertain if I should plant them now or keep them potted in the house until spring?
Thanks!
Holly on Sep 15, 2014
Best Answer: Right now would be a great time to get it in the ground and well established before winter!
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When would be the best time to plant this tree in the LA California area? I need to remove an old birch tree that died from a fungus. I would like to replace it with this one. Thanks as always FGT.
Gregory H on Sep 4, 2014
Best Answer: Early spring or early fall are typically the best times to plant.
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The extension service classifies this tree as highly invasive. FYI. I am in South Carolina.?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
Best Answer: Typically the Royal Empress tree is invasive, however, ours are cloned and sterile making them not invasive.
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How to remove dead tree?
Bernie S on Sep 1, 2014
Best Answer: Cut it to the ground and pour either gas or acid on it, that should take care of it.
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I live in Central Oklahoma and have never seen one here. Can I plant in fall? If so how late? I'm expecting temps in the teens this winter. Is it better to wait until spring? Thanks!
Susan J on Aug 30, 2014
Best Answer: If you plant in the early fall when temperatures cool off a little and aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then your tree will have enough time to get rooted in before winter.
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Can you ship it to Mississauga ON Canada or do you have any branch in Canada ?
Imran K on Aug 29, 2014
Best Answer: We have recently started shipping to Canada.
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I live in Northeast Texas (Blossom), can I still plant this tree in September?
stonefox on Aug 24, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, September is a great time to plant the Royal Empress in your area.
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I place an order yestrday, for one of your empress trees, but I read that it is an invasive plant. Is that true?I live in Oklahoma
A shopper on Aug 24, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress can be invasive, however, ours are cloned and sterile therefore they are not invasive.
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Does this plant self seed?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: Not that I can tell. It does produce seeds but they don't appear to do anything. Mine is 3 years old and has started sprouting new "trees" from one of the roots. My plan is to allow it to grow and then remove the new tree and part of the root system and transplant.
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Is the 3-4 feet height the amount it ships at or the tallest it will grow to? Sorry, this is my first tree that I will plant. I want to make sure it succeeds in growing the tallest it can.
Lauren B on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: That's the height it ships. The Royal Empress Tree can get between 40 - 50 feet tall. It quickly gets very large.
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what are the planting instructions for FL?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: The link below has detailed instructions for planting in the Summer and areas with a hot climate.

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

The best time to plant is in the early Spring or Early Fall. If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
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Does this tree self seed?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
Best Answer: No, there are not seeds. However, if any root is exposed to air, it will send up and new tree.
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best time of year to plant?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2014
Best Answer: It's best to plant the Royal Empress Tree in the early Spring or early Fall. However if you aren't experiencing scorching hot temperatures in the 90's or above then it's fine to go ahead and plant now.
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We live in Dorset, Vt 05251 which is Zone 5 but your map excludes Vermont. Would the Royal Empress Tree be OK in this area?
ROBERT J on Jul 27, 2014
Best Answer: Vermont's climate isn't suited for the Royal Empress Tree. We recommend the Jane Magnolia, Eastern Redbud, Tulip Poplar or Autumn Cherry Tree for your area instead.
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We would like to plant these in the pasture. Are they compatable with livestock?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: These trees are often used as feed in other countries, so this tree isn't harmful for livestock. The Royal Empress Tree will also create lots of shade in a pasture. However your livestock may enjoy eating this tree.
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WILL THE EMPRESS TREES GROW WELL IN HEAVY CLAY SOIL???? THE GROUND IS HARD TO POINT IT CRACKS?????
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: Yes I live in Tennessee and it is hard clay. I planted my tree 5 years ago and it is huge now.
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Where to buy in RI?
A shopper on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: we successfully ship the Royal Empress tree to Rhode Island very often. Please refer to your local nurseries, we are unfamiliar with the growers in your area.
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I live in the central valley in California we get extremely hot temperatures in the summer and frost in the winter. How soon before the frost should the empress tree be planted and will it take the frost the first year and the extreme heat in the summer?
Maxine H on Jul 17, 2014
Best Answer: It would be est to plant your Royal Empress Tree in the early fall after it cools off a little. This way it will get established in the ground before winter comes.
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does this tree self seed?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: Royal Empress trees can self seed, however, ours are sterile so that is not a concern with them.
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Is Ohio a good place to raise this tree? How well it will adapt this area weather? thank you
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: Ohio is a great area to grow the Royal Empress Tree. The Royal Empress will adapt to the cold winter weather there.
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When is the best time to plant the royal empress tree in Florida?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant a Royal Empress Tree is in the early Spring or early Fall. However if temperatures aren't scorching hot, in the 90's or above then it will be fine to go ahead and plant your Royal Empress Tree.
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Why don't you ship this tree to Wisconsin?
Amber R on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately Wisconsin has agricultural laws put in place that legally prevent us from shipping Royal Empress Trees there.
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We need Shade! We live in Conway SC. The soil is a black sandy mixture. How well will the Empress Tree grow in that type of soil, and what is needed to help support the growth of it?
John P on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree will adapt to sandy soil and will do very well in Conway. Follow the instructions on the link below and your tree won't fail.

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

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

http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/TermsOfService.htm
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what's the best way to keep gofers or moles from eating the roots?
ron l on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: Use cedar mulch around the trees instead of colored mulch.Most critters don't like cedar much.And spread some epsom salts around the base.They don't like the taste and it's good for the plants.
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I would like to know how tall a 1 gallon Empress tree is when shipped?
Melody on Jun 21, 2014
Best Answer: The Royal Empress Tree starts off very small. It quickly establishes a strong root system and takes off, growing 6 to 10 feet it's first year. This being said the one gallon size Royal Empress Tree can be under a foot tall when first shipped out. Don't let this stop you. These are very tough trees that are only harmed by getting too much water. They'll quickly grow into a large full shade tree.
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I live in Ft Worth Texas. Is it too late in June to plant a Royal Empress tree? I would like to order three and plant them now.
Cathy B on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: It isn't too late to plant a Royal Empress Tree. If you are experiencing severe drought, avoid planting your tree(s) in the ground. It is suggested that you plant your tree in a 3-5 gallon, light-colored pot in the shade. Once the temperature drops or the drought breaks, you can transplant your tree to the area of your lawn that you want.
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I planted my royal empress in early march in North Florida. It was 6' tall when it arrived to us in the box. There are lots of leaves growing from it but it has yet to gain an inch in height. Should I be concerned? Should I cut back and let it start over or just be a bit more patient. Thank you.
Mike J on Jun 13, 2014
Best Answer: Remove the extra leaves and give it some fertilizer. If you don't see four feet of growth by the beginning of next Spring cut it back to the ground level. It will grow back faster and taller than before. It's too early to be concerned.
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Should you knock off the dead bulbs from the Royal Empress tree in Winter?
Pierre on Nov 22, 2014
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i want to buy this tree for my house in St Petersburg Fl. What is growing experience in this area?
Nina K on Nov 20, 2014
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Can I cut off lower limbs so I can walk/sit/mow under it?
James on Nov 19, 2014
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We live in zone 7 but have unusually cold temperatures right now, below freezing. Would it be safe to plant this tree now as soon as it warms up above freezing?
Jim J on Nov 19, 2014
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Hi - i live in 80102. Will these Royal Empress Trees, thrive here?
augusta s on Nov 17, 2014
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Hi, what do you think about planting the tree in central Thailand? The climate would bee subtropic
Peter N on Nov 15, 2014
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how can i get a royal empress tree in az ?
Jacob S on Nov 11, 2014
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info on the root system, do they grow toward water lines?
vanessa h on Nov 1, 2014
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Hi do you have paulownia tree also? How much your trees will grow in a year thanks
Ahmad on Oct 18, 2014
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Is it possible to get starts from my tree?
Janet M on Sep 30, 2014
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Why won't my tree that I ordered from you bloom?
Allison Y on Sep 29, 2014
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Can I control the height and growth in a big pot in the patio? I live in the 20th floor of our condo. Thanks
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
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my royal empress tree is so tall. there is leaves on the top and bottom but no branches in the middle. I have not had one single bloom. In the fall should I cut the tree down? It's just a very tall skinny tree.
joyce w on Jul 17, 2014
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