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Paulownia elongata

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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

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

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

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

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

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

APPLICATION:
1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
$4.95
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Royal Empress Trees Planting Mix

Helps your Royal Empress Trees get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

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

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

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

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.


Soil Contents
$6.95

Growing Zones: 7-11
(hardy down to 10℉)



Growing Zones 7-11
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

30-40 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Spacing:

12 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Paulownia elongata

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, ME, WI



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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.

Best of all, this is a flowering tree you don't have to baby. It grows almost everywhere, from Mexico to Canada, preferring zones 7-11. 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.





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Our Royal Empress Tree is amazing! We call it ""the Charlie Brown"" tree because it just looks so different than all the others. Planted it last spring 2013-A big long ""stick"". Literally-a stick about 4'tall. No leaves, no branches; nothing. Planted it anyway and followed the instructions for care. Late May it began to show life! Huge leaves appeared. AWESOME! Today it stands about 15' tall and only has 5 branches coming out the top of it. I know from last year though, that these few branches will provide plenty of space for all those huge leaves and wonderful shade they bring. We still haven't seen the flower show and eagerly await their arrival this spring. I have since purchased a couple more of these babies for my parents and my mother in law. So Cool! Seriously recommend
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Bought two of these trees about 5 years ago... they were about 12-18"" when we got them.. they are now both at least 60 feet tall and now spreading out wide. We live in Central Texas, where we have been in a drought, so I am guessing that is why we have not had flowers really... but it has plenty of big leaves. We recently expanded our patio and the workers loved taking breaks under them because they produce so much shade. My one neighbor keeps having to cut it back on his side of the fence because it grows over his garden and prevents sun... but other then that they are great trees if you need shade fast
January 1, 2013
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.
August 21, 2014
Copperas Cove, TX
Growing Zone:
8
Claims seem true!
The tree was delivered on June 06, 2014 and was planted the same day. I took a lot of harassment as the "tree" was barely 3" tall with only 5 leaves, each about the size of a dime. It looked like a Green Q-tip! It has only been planted 86 days now and is 5' tall and about 4' in diameter and the leaves set easily 18-20" across. Needless to say the harassment has turned to envy! I am anxious to see fall arrive and to see how large this tree will be by the end of next year's growing season.
September 2, 2014
Purchased
over 2 years ago
We have 7 Royal Empress trees in our yard and what a site they are! You can almost watch them grow. Three have been planted now for 3 years and are 25-30 feet tall. Two others are 15 feet tall and two I just planted have already grown 2 feet. No complaints here! And we live in cold, snowy Ohio
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Great Tree For Wide Open Spaces
I have a farm in southern Maryland. I planted this tree last July in an open area away from our house in sandy soil. We mulched it, but only watered it two or three times after planting it.

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

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

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

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

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

Another interesting historical fact about the tree is that, in China, an old custom is to plant a Royal Empress Tree when a baby girl is born. The fast-growing tree matures when she does. When she is eligible for marriage the tree is cut down, and carved into wooden articles for her dowry.
January 1, 2015
Brandywine, MD
Growing Zone:
7
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?
January 1, 2013
Keeps coming back
I bought my Empress 2 years ago. The tree grew moderately the first year (I planted it late). The next year, a late frost came in and I thought that the tree had died. I cut it down almost to the root, and figured that was that. Boy, was I wrong! It grew about 3 feet that year, and this year, it grew almost 8 feet. I'm really impressed by how resilient this tree is, and looking forward to next year, when it really begins to shade my patio.
November 14, 2014
Westfield, IN
Growing Zone:
5
Fast grower
I bought the Royal Empress about 3 months ago it arrived about 10" tall, my wife decided to mow the lawn while I was at work and mowed over the tree... It came to life and has grown over a foot in the last couple of weeks.
August 4, 2014
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.
January 1, 2013
Purchased
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Royal Empress Trees


Royal Empress Trees 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.

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For its beautiful color
Richard M on May 24, 2017
fast growing
Susana O on May 22, 2017
For its beautiful color
Richard M on May 24, 2017
nice colors
john s on May 23, 2017
fast growing
Susana O on May 22, 2017
Replace a shade tree and wanted a tree that grew fast and flowered
Mary S on May 21, 2017
Just bought a new house and have no trees. We need some fast growing trees to get some shade. Also the flower smell is appealing.
David D on May 21, 2017
appearance and fast growth
Wyatt E on May 20, 2017
looked interesting, haven't seen anything like it here before
Jason B on May 19, 2017
beauty and fast growing
Senay P on May 19, 2017
I purchased this tree for the fast growth and the all the reviews that talked about how amazing this tree is. I can't wait to see what these trees do in person!
WENDY S on May 19, 2017
Fast growing
Lisa F on May 19, 2017
Friend referral
Tina d on May 18, 2017
Flowers, smell, shade,fast growing
Andreas B on May 18, 2017
very pretty trees an hope to put color in my yard
shirley d on May 17, 2017
cause it is fast growing
Teresa D on May 17, 2017
I need shade near my sewing room and the tree looks interesting blooming or just leafing out. All our trees are maples and elms so a little color will be nice. I didn't think to ask if I need a second tree to pollinate for blooms. We do have lots of bees and i have several wisteria vines and lavender plants to attract them that attract them. Im looking forward to this new tree.
carolyn m on May 17, 2017
Have one - it's a beauty.
Ronna D on May 16, 2017
Fast growing
Shannon c on May 16, 2017
Fast Growing
Janice M on May 15, 2017
Reviews on how fast this beautiful tree grows, as well as how unusual it I.
Terry S on May 13, 2017
For the beauty
Nicholas C on May 13, 2017
Need a fast growing shade tree to save myself from the heat in Florida.
Catherine R on May 13, 2017
It says she grows real fast and I love the looks of the leaves and blooms. If this tree grows half as fast as stated I'll be getting more.
Joy K on May 12, 2017
Looking for a fast growing shade tree.believe this is the one.thanks.
James m on May 12, 2017
Bought because of growth rate but never survived our hot winter we had outside of Dallas. When it was alive they did grow roughly a foot within 2-3 months.
Matt L on May 11, 2017
Its fast growing.
Jeremy A on May 10, 2017
Love the look, also for its fast growing.
Franca C on May 9, 2017
Saw this tree years ago and always wanted one. This is for my mother-in-law, who was with me when we first saw one and also loved it.
Sharon A on May 8, 2017
For the shade, flowers and smell.
Pamela H on May 7, 2017
fast growing and a shade tree
Sue Ann B on May 7, 2017
Needed a large tree to block the summer heat from the house. Grows very tall quickly. Does have large leaves and some roots that grow above ground. Gorgeous flowers.
christy m on May 6, 2017
Beautiful purple blooms. Great smell. Fast growing for shade around the house...AND its sterile.
Jason F on May 6, 2017
I want a fast growing shade tree.
Theresa C on May 5, 2017
It is beautiful and fast growing.
Jacqueline A on May 5, 2017
Love this tree
Jeanette H on May 5, 2017
fast grower, hard to find.
Robert J on May 4, 2017
My wife is a gardner, just built a new home and we were looking for a fast growing tree.
MICHAEL K on May 3, 2017
For my front yard
Sandra P on Apr 26, 2017
Fast growing tree. Beautiful addition to out landscape
Joan S on Apr 25, 2017
This tree didn't make it through the first summer?? I was looking for beauty and shade.
Linda on Apr 25, 2017
I think they are beautiful and want to see for myself if this tree grows as fast as they say.
Emily R on Apr 25, 2017
I LOVE THE REMARKS ABOUT THIS TREE AND THE FACT THAT IT IS FAST GROWING
Israel O on Apr 24, 2017
This is pretty and looks like it grows fast.
David U on Apr 24, 2017
I hope they grow as fast as it says. I have no mature trees on my property (new build) and I am hoping this will add some much needed character to the half acre lot.
melinda n on Apr 24, 2017
Quick shade and privacy
Jeff W on Apr 23, 2017
Lost our shade tree for our patio in hurricane Matthew look for a quick growing shade tree to replace it so we can enjoy our patio again.
Paul M on Apr 22, 2017
Privacy!
N S on Apr 21, 2017
Desperation. New neighbor cut down all the shade trees between our houses and the morning sunlight now screams through our floor to ceiling windows and 20 feet of sliding 10 foot high glass doors and the glare from the lake requires one to wear a sunhat and sunglasses first thing in the morning. Gosh! I hope this works! I'll let you know.
Ida S on Apr 20, 2017
Fast growing shade
Clay L on Apr 18, 2017
Never seen it before
suene s s on Apr 17, 2017
I am going to plant this on an area in our yard that has a lot of erosion. I am hoping to generate some quick shade as well.
Kari B on Apr 17, 2017
nice colors
john s on May 23, 2017
Replace a shade tree and wanted a tree that grew fast and flowered
Mary S on May 21, 2017
How close to a fence can I plant this tree?
ashley y on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Remember, this tree grows fast! If you don't want the tree limbs to overhang the fence, you should probably plant 12-15 feet from the fence. If it's roots you are worried about, 15-25 feet should prevent any problems. If the roots can grow under the fence and the limbs hang over it, you can plant 8-10 feet from the fence.
Can I cut off lower limbs so I can walk/sit/mow under it?
James on Nov 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as I have trimmed mine up to about 6 feet to allow my zero turn mower to pass under them. These trees just keep on growing!
Can a person cut it back and keep it at a certain height every year with out killing it?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can keep Royal Empress trees at a certain height without killing them. You can prune your tree in the early spring to your desired height. It will grow back a few inches over the summer. This process will create a shorter tree that branches out more.
I live in Indiana and I still do not have leaves on the two royal Empress trees what do I do? The suckers are on the roots but not the tree.
claudette e on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Check the trunk for green tissue. If it is green, the tree may still be winter dormant or shocky. Give it time. If not green, cut down the existing trunk and let a sucker grow into the tree. They grow really fast, so it will have a nice tree in it's place in no time.
My Royal Empress came as a bare stick, and now it has 2 branches on it with leaves about 6" wide and growing nicely. Recently I noticed that the leaves had brownish, yellow spots all over them, and some have little holes. Can you help with this question? Thanks!
Arlene P on Mar 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: First of all, this is a fast-growing robust tree, so the spots should not endanger the tree.This could be anthracnose, which good hygiene can help with -- keep the area under the tree raked and clean and make sure the old leaves are discarded, not put on the compost pile. It cold also be a host of other things, and I am afraid we don't have enough information to say exactly what you have. If it continues to be a problem, we recommend you contact your Extension Agent to determine what you have and what remedies would help.
Does this tree put out seeds that then grow even more of the trees?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, our Royal Empress Trees are sterile therefore you will not get seeds.
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.
Does this tree have roots that stay at the surface of the ground? Do they disrupt sidewalks within 4-5 ft?
Dan W on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Royal Empress roots typically grow straight down. However, I would still not recommend planting it that close. The closest I would plant this tree to a sidewalk would be about 15ft.
What is the typical lifespan for these trees?
A shopper on Jun 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress is said to live from 70-125 years.
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: I did. As Catherine said, the tree is very wet and easily damaged in the first year or so. I had to protect mine from the lawn guys and their weed eaters. After a year or so, the trunk becomes more woody and can protect itself better.
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.
I planted and within a couple weeks the deer chewed it down halfway to about 6". Is there a way to help it recover?
Cherri S on Mar 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My husband recently cut my tree down to right above the dirt and put the "stick" in another pot. My tree has grown like a weed with 9 HUGE leaves. The "Stick" my husband put in a pot of dirt ....has taken root and has 5-8 leaves budding out. Just cut it to the ground and water it, add a little fertilizer and watch it go!
When is best time to plant the royal empress tree in zone 8?
Betty S on Aug 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You can plant this tree pretty much any time of the year. If you plant in summer, you will need to pay attention to the watering, keeping it evenly moist for that first season and not letting it dry out. However, this tree does not like wet feet, so be sure to plant it in a well-drained site so when you water, the ground is moist, not soggy. After it is established, it requires very little attention to grow well.
I have these trees and they do not flower, why is that?
A shopper on May 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Many of our plants actually bloom in the nursery, but others will take a couple of years or more to decide they are ready to bloom. Many things can affect their blooming; first the tree has to be mature enough to support bloom production, and it has to overcome transplant shock and acclimate itself to a new location before it can grow vigorously. A second reason: The buds form in the summer, hold through the winter and the open into blooms the next spring; if we have an unusually severe winter, or if we have a warm spell in late winter followed by a cold snap, the buds can be killed, and there will be no blooms. This is especially true if you live in zone 5 or northern 6, which is pretty much the northern limit of where this plant will grow. Water can also affect bloom, and either too much water (most likely cause) or too little water (drought has to be really severe!) can cause buds to abort. When the tree is young, if you apply a fertilizer that is heavy in nitrogen, it can stimulate the plant to produce lots of lush foliage at the expense of bloom production. In short, there are many reasons your Empress Tree might not be blooming. But the most likely reason for an established tree not to bloom is that the buds are being killed in winter.
i would like to plant an Empress tree as a street tree in front of my house ,I live in orange county Ca .My concern is, would its roots affect the water line or sewer line ?
Anica B. on Aug 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Anica
My best advise is to contact your water and sewer department to see if they have restrictions of certain trees or how close to the street you are allowed to plant. I know California seems to have restrictions for everything. Better to check before planting.Then, please contact our sales department so that we can help with any of your tree needs. 1 888 504-2001
Thank you and Happy Gardening
My Royal Empress is 3 years old and the leaves are turning yellow and falling off, what is causing this?
Tammy N on Jun 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The most frequent cause of a Royal Empress Tree doing poorly is too much water. It needs a well-drained location, and will suffer and die if it is boggy soil that doesn't every dry out.
do the roots grow above ground?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, I have no roots growing above ground. I planted it like the picture, with grass to the trunk. No issues. This tree has nice big bright green leaves and grows fast. Like it!
When should I plant this tree if I live in zone 7??
Hilary R on Aug 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can plant this in fall or early spring bare root, giving it plenty of time to establish good root growth.We are currently carrying 2-3 ft. potted if you don't want to wait. We usually carry larger sizes bare root which will be available in the fall. Please feel free to contact us if you need help from our sales department at 1 888 504-2001 Happy Gardening
Does the Empress pose a problem for the septic system? If yes, how far from the septic system should the Empress Tree be planted?
Grammie on Jul 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress Tree has a large root system to support all these blooms ad all that rapid growth, and the roots will extend beyond the drip line of the branches. This tree will eventually get 30-40 feet wide, so I would not plant it any closer to a septic system than 20 feet, and 25 feet would be even safer.
I've seen pictures of this plant with brilliantly colored blooms. The photos on your website of the one you appear to be selling has light pink blooms. Could you tell me please how to know what color I'd be getting if I ordered from you?
jennifer a on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The blooms on our Royal Empress are more of a light purple color.
how do you keep the worms off empress trees ?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: If the worms are leaving small holes in the leaves, it is unlikely to hurt the tree, since it grows and produces new leaves at such a fast rate. It is hard for us to give advice when we don't know more about your pest, so we highly recommend you contact your local Extension Agent to help identify the worms and to figure out a remedy. They know your local condition and can make an on-site visit to diagnose your problem and recommend solutions.
I purchased a couple trees from you 2 years ago. The first year they did not grow that well so I cut them back to the ground, I also dug them up and widened the original hole as I had someone else plant them and they did not dig that big of a whole. Last year they grew about 6 ft tall. Over the winter the leaves fell off and now this spring I have branches that have come out. On 1 tree the branches developed from the base to the top of the tree and I pruned back the branches on the bottom third of the tree. On the other tree branches developed from the base up but not on the top foot of the tree. Is there anything I can do?
John F on May 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If they aren't growing like you want by the end of this season, you can cut them back to the ground in early spring next year, which should jump start them into more vigorous growth. You will probably get a number of shoots: select the strongest and cut back all the others. The one left should shoot up very tall, and it will begin the process of developing branches all over again, and eventually flower for you.
How close to a fence can I plant this tree?
Ashley Y on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Remember, this tree grows fast! If you don't want the tree limbs to overhang the fence, you should probably plant 12-15 feet from the fence. If it's roots you are worried about, 15-25 feet should prevent any problems. If the roots can grow under the fence and the limbs hang over it, you can plant 8-10 feet from the fence.
Are there any restrictions to planting in Virginia? I live in zone 7? Will these tress surive in pots if I want to keep in pots on my deck and patio?
Trish on Mar 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Empress Tree grows in zones 5-11, so you should have no problem growing them in your zone, and there are no state restrictions on this tree. You can grow it in a large container, but only as a shrub for its foliage; you will have to keep this vigorous grower pruned back each year, and, as it blooms on last year's wood, you won't get any blooms.
What country is this tree native too?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Central and Western China
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.
It loses its leaves in winter?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Royal Empress will lose its leaves in the winter.
What do the yellow or brown spots on the leaves mean?
Linda R on Jun 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Sometimes if water droplets dry in the sun on the leaves brown spots will appear where the water was. It could be a fungus, but if the leaves are mostly green and aren't wilting then its probably fine. Remove the leaves with spots and new full green leaves will fill in. If you're concerned you can apply an organic fungicide to your tree. Never over water a Royal Empress Tree!
will my empress tree come back if I cut it down to the ground this fall? It lost all of it's leaves all the sudden in august but the core still looks like it has some green left in it. Can I cut it down this September to the ground and will it regrow?
Katherine W on Sep 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We suggest you do that in the early spring and it should then really take off with new growth.
How soon after receiving this tree does it have to be planted in the ground?
Sandra C on Apr 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree can stay in the container for a few months after receiving it.

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