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Royal Empress Tree

Royal Empress Tree
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Product Details

Growing Zones: 7-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 10℉) 
      7-11 outdoors
   Map 7-11 outdoors
Mature Height:
40-50 ft.
Mature Width:
30-40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Botanical Name:
Paulownia elongata
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Product Description

World's Fastest Growing Tree

Why Royal Empress Trees?

For starters, 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. And the fragrance is incredible... it's like a cross between gardenia and jasmine.

Though our Royal Empress Tree is really known for its fast, dense growth. When summer comes, the tree forms a dense canopy that can drastically cut your power bills. The tropical-inspired leaves are huge, measuring about a foot wide. Plus, bigger leaves mean fewer branches, so you get more sunlight and natural heat coming through in the winter when you need it most.

Why is Better

Best of all, the Royal Empress Tree is hassle-free. It grows almost everywhere, from Mexico to Canada, and 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. And your Empress Tree will have large leaves that act as giant air filters, pulling pollution out of the air at a remarkable rate.

But the top benefit: Our Royal Empress is second to none. Some nurseries use wild seed that doesn't grow as quickly and can be invasive...and this gives you disappointing results. But we use proven stock that's non-invasive, faster growing, and hardier, so your tree arrives ready for explosive growth. 

Don't wait - order your Royal Empress today!

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Not pleased

Tree lost 3 leaves during shipping. I planted it with 1 leaf. No change in 4 weeks. I will send another picture at 6 weeks.

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Timely delivery

The trees were delivered to my door with directions re replanting. I recommended Fast Growing Trees to a friend.

Chris M.
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Royal Empress Tree

The tree is growing slowly in my yard but I also know from the past 2 Royal Empress trees that I purchased, this is to be expected. I am just patiently waiting for the truck to start getting taller. It was shipped with about 4 small leaves on it but now it has about 8 leaves that are getting bigger.


Great tree but don't leave it in a planter

This is an amazing tree! I see it out the train window all the time and got my hands on one from fast growing trees. It came about 2 feet tall, but quickly grew to a monster...lived thru a nyc winter but then before I can give it away to a friend with a yard as I only have a rooftop deck, winter hit again, but harder and killed it. But in the ground it is sturdy thru winter, just not so much on a planter. And the leaves when they drop literally crumbles into nothing!

Allyson Kimball


I started reading the reviews because I am ordering my second Royal Empress from this company. All I can tell people is "just you wait!" We bought the tree four years ago. It arrived in a quart size container and was a little stick about 12 inches tall. We planted it and the instructions that came with it said to cut it to the ground the following Spring. I was hesitant, but I did it. The tree grew at least 15 feet tall that summer. Two years later it is 70 feet tall (I'm not kidding) and it is absolutely beautiful. Thriving even in our harsh winter climate here in Utah. The huge leaves are stunning. If you read about the amount of CO2 these beauties absorb it will be reason enough for you to plant one.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Empress Trees are nearly indestructible once they have become established but do require some care in their early stages of growth. Full sun is best for its exposure and well draining soil is existential to the health of the tree.

Plant your tree after the last frost or when surrounding plants begin to bud out. For best results, mix in potting soil or soil conditioner, especially if planting in clay or poor soil. Make your hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball, place the tree in the hole and spread the roots out evenly. Water the area to moisten/settle the soil and then broadcast a good layer of mulch to preserve soil moisture and keep weeds and grasses back.

2. Watering: When the top 2 to 3 inches of the soil is dry, add water. As a rule, let the soil surrounding the tree dry out before watering. If your tree is wet upon arrival, skip the initial watering for two days. 

3. Fertilizing: Empress Trees love organic fertilizer high in nitrogen. Just be sure the 1st of the three numbers on your organic fertilizer is higher than the others indicating an extra boost of nitrogen (Example: 20-10-10). You can fertilize twice a month in the growing season. Stop fertilizing before the tree goes back into dormancy. Additional fertilizing should only be done after the first year. 

4. Pruning: Let your tree grow for one entire year. 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 bunch of small sprouts. Select the “alpha” of the bunch and pinch the others off. This will focus all of the nutrients into that one growth and become a very straight, beautiful tree. 


Shipping Details

Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

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