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The World's Fastest-Growing Tree for Colder Climates
The Royal Empress Tree is beloved for its fast growth, low maintenance and environmental-friendliness - and with this new and improved variety, you can grow it in colder climates, too!
Also known as the Princess Tree and by its botanical name, Paulownia, the Royal Empress Tree can grow up to an impressive 15 feet per year - making it perfect for gardeners and homeowners who want shade, fast. And with the new-to-market NordMax21 cultivar, you'll get the same fast growth, plus improved cold tolerance and frost resistance - this tree is hardy down to Zone 5.
When you plant the Royal Empress Tree, you'll get instant landscape impact, along with a flush of vibrant purple blooms in late spring. And you'll be helping the environment, too - this tree is a non-invasive, sustainable way to keep your yard cool and your air clean. Because of their fast growth, Royal Empress trees can absorb up to four times the CO2 of beech and oak trees.
Did you know: The Royal Empress Tree is commonly used as a sustainable source of wood, and it's strong, lightweight timber is used in everything from surfboards and guitars to interior design and construction!
Don't miss out - if you're looking for a fast-growing, flowering shade tree that can thrive even in cool climates, the NordMax21 Royal Empress is the perfect choice.
Looking for a different variety of Royal Empress? Check out the new PhoenixOne cultivar!
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 and well-draining soil are essential to the health of the tree. Ensure you plant your Empress well away from foundations, sidewalks and other structures.
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. Check to make sure the first 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, and 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.
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. 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.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $129||$19.95|
|$129 +||FREE SHIPPING!|
|Mature Height:||40-50 ft.|
|Mature Width:||30-40 ft.|
|Botanical Name:||Paulownia x 'NordMax21'|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ,ME,WI|
|Grows Well In Zones:||5-11 outdoors|
|Your Growing Zone:||#|
Growing Zones: 5-11 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉)
Customer Reviews & Photos
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Healthy talll tree!
This tree is great and has already grown several inches even in its pot in shade and cold.
Great Company to work with.
Great ,bought two and one looked great the other look like it was dying. I called and Scott said to text him a picture while we were on the phone. I did and he said they would send a replacement out right away but we live in Florida and hurricane Ian was coming the next day and ask that they wait a week to ship and they did. Service was outstanding.
I am expecting to see some leaves and glad I bought it this time of the year. I know it will be fabulous. It came with some dry leaves but that is normal. The wrapping was great
Good, now if my neighbor doesn't cut or strip the leaves it will be alright.
Excellent tree for subtropical zone 9b
It lost a few leaves in the box, but the box was left in the sun for two days because the delivery notice showed up late, and it was delivered 2 days before scheduled. It lost a few more leaves after planting because of scorching 112 degree sun. Now that it has acclimated to this Arizona low desert heat and wind storms, it is making leaves and new shoots on the trunk! I am so impressed with this tree.