Recent agricultural discoveries have shed new light on how the average homeowner can do their part to combat global warming.  Everyone knows the environmental benefit of planting trees, but not everyone knows the best trees to plant. The Royal Empress (Paulownia) Tree was once a godsend for barren lands suffering from erosion, but it also purifies the soil and cleans the air of pollutants and harmful gases more efficiently than any other tree available.


It has been discovered that Empress Trees improve efficiencies in hardwood harvesting and reforestry, increase crop yields with intercropping and enrich soil composition. In fact, farmers in China are actually using these trees to help in crop cultivation, a process called “intercropping.” By placing the crops strategically between the tree lines, they create a wind screen, which helps keep the ground moist and increase nutrients in the soil. The results have been amazing, and since then it has been called “the little tree that saved China.”

Royal Empress trees are not only fast growing shade trees, but they also act as giant filters. With their giant leaves and rapid growth rate, they serve to extract pollutants and cleanse the air at an unheard of rate, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing high levels of pure oxygen back into the atmosphere. Because of the uniqueness of this tree’s leaves, they can do this ten times faster than most other trees.

By absorbing animal waste and many toxins from the ground, Empress Trees can clean the surrounding soil as well. This benefits not only surrounding plants, but grazing animals that feed on these plants as well.

On a global scale, Paulownia tomentosadeforestation of the rain forest by offering four times more lumber within the same growth period as other commercial trees. They can reach full maturity in just 8-10 years, compared to the 15-18 years it takes commercial trees to mature.

Despite all these amazing findings, homeowners have discovered the Empress Tree for entirely separate reasons.

With the cost of gas is on the rise, homeowners are looking to save a few bucks any way they can. The Empress Tree (aka the Paulownia) creates a dense canopy that provides deep shade, which helps reduce home energy costs up to 25% during the summer. It is a virtually indestructible tree that can withstand temperatures from -10F to over 100F degrees. They have been grown from Mexico to Canada and can be planted any time of the year. The Royal Empress can be grown in full sun or partial shade, and can reach 15-18 feet in a single season.

In fact, many have been planted as shade trees in areas RE_220that need unique, mature landscapes in a hurry. For example, after Hurricane Katrina, many residents of New Orleans have been amazed at the growth of their new Empress Trees.

You can now take part in the green movement today and plant one of these amazing Royal Empress Trees for your personal use. You will be rewarded with its beauty, and sweet aroma flowers and while helping the environment through the many medicinal qualities of the tree.

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About Fast Growing Trees Nursery

Fast Growing Trees Nursery was originally founded in 2003 as a supplier and authority on Royal Empress Trees, aka the Paulownia . In the past five years, the nursery has grown from specializing in one tree to providing over 60 fast growing, superior varieties of evergreens, shade trees and flowering trees. While remaining family oriented, Fast Growing Trees Nursery has made great strides in customer service and satisfaction, attributed mainly to competitive prices and quality tree stock.

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