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Cold Hardy Empress Tree


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Growing Zones: 4-7
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-7
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

30-40 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


10 ft.

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World's Fastest Growing Tree

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.

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.

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A lot of fun to watch grow
I go out once a week to measure the tree and see how much bigger he is and also take pictures so I can show him to my friend. This being the first year and not done yet he has grown to over 8' tall and is just about 8' wide at the bottom.
August 25, 2016
Valley Center, KS
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Cold Hardy Empress Tree

Cold Hardy Empress Tree Planting Diretions 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. Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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is the fruit edible? do bees like the flowers?
mark f on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes the fruits are edible and the bees do like the flowers.
what about pruning royal empress trees?
Elizabeth K on Aug 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period, you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not required.
Hello, do you know how the Cold Hardy Empress tree tolerate windy sites?
Corinne B on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi. It has been a snowy, windy winter and it's out in the open with tree supports. It seems ok. Hopefully will see some changes this spring.
will this tree grow in northern ohio?
beth w on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-7. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Hi, I just found this site. Interested in trees for Arizona property...but I notice it says "does not ship to Arizona." Why?
Miranda M on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into your state.
Is this tree good for people with allergies?
Betty H on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My husband as asthma and allergies and he has had no issue thus far with our tree. Hope this helps.
This is the first year for my empress tree and I have some branches that started lower than I want them is it ok for me to cut them back or do I leave them alone it is 10' wide at the bottom but the branches are only about 2 feet off the ground?
SHANE N on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: From what I understand you can cut this tree down to the ground and it will come back stronger. This also tells me that it is hardy enough to handle pruning and shaping the way you need it. I just purchased mine so I don't have this issue yet, however I do not plan on babying it. Trim what you want, my research says you are fine.
How wind stable is this tree? Are the roots deep?
Terry T on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I just planted it last fall, too early to tell.
I''m in north-east oklahoma its been warm up in till mid Oct. - my royal tree has oval shape ?(pods?) is that fruit? I Never new the tree gives fruit. I love my tree an wanting another but do you sell Royal trees with purple blooms?mine will be the light pinkish
Gerri P on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: OK PODS are flowers, they started to bloom then we got a freeze. I planted mine May an it was 2 ft. its now over 5 feet tall. Awesome tree, I'll be getting another tree this coming spring., my neighbor has 3. They do grow well in my yard that is mostly rock an clay.
When is the best time to plant the royal empress trees?
Kathryn L on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Planted ours this past August, looks ok so far but really won't know till next spring if it worked.
I am in zone 6, I understand shipping dates, but will the empress tree thrive in my zone?
Johanna S on Feb 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones for the Cold hardy Empress tree are 4-7. A growing zone 6 is within the recommended growing zones.
With so many types of Paulownia trees, how do I know what color flowers belong to each kind? I have seen some with pink, white, or purple flowers.
Amy S on May 3, 2017
I am in a 5b zone and I just received my tree in the mail. It is still freezing here at night. Is it ok to plant it now or how long should I wait to put it in the ground?
Josie U on Apr 20, 2017
Will the empress tree grow in sandy soil? Minnesota's Anoka Sand Plain?
Robert B on Apr 18, 2017

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