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Royal Empress Tree Paulownia elongata

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Images shown are of mature plants

Regular price $199.95 Sale price
  • 5-6 ft.
  • 6-7 ft.

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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.
  • Sunlight:
  • Full-Partial
  • Growth Rate:
  • Fast
  • Botanical Name:
  • Paulownia elongata
  • Does Not Ship To:
  • AZ, ME, WI

Product Description

World's Fastest-Growing Tree

Why Royal Empress Trees?

The Royal Empress is 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 a cross between gardenia and jasmine.

But 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.

Best of all, the Royal Empress Tree is hassle-free. It grows almost anywhere, from Mexico to Canada, and has no significant insect or disease problems. And it tolerates drought and grows in almost any kind of soil, even toxic ones. It's a hardwood tree that lives to old age. Your Empress Tree is a hard worker, from its ability to cut household costs to its large leaves that act as giant air filters, pulling pollution out of the air at a remarkable rate.

Why is Better

But the top benefit: Our Royal Empress is grown to give you results. Some nurseries use wild seed that doesn't grow as quickly and can be the invasive Tomentosa variety...and this means disappointing results. But we use proven stock that's non-invasive, faster-growing, and hardier, so your tree arrives ready for explosive growth. Our Elongata variety is sterile, and we carefully propagate cuttings from known sterile trees that we trust so that you get the best results possible.

Don't wait - order your Royal Empress today!

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Michele W.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Love this Royal Empress Tree

This Tree is everything they said it was going to be ! Beautifully fragrant , tall, large leaves and a very fast grower,

Ann P.
I recommend this product
update on growth

here are photos of the same tree, 14 months apart. the tree now is at least 4X as tall as it was when I got it. really provides good shade in the texas heat. very pleased with this tree! :)

James M.
United States United States
I recommend this product
growing fast!

it's growing fast, can't wait till next year!

United States United States
Fantastic company!

After waiting for three months for an order with NOTure Hills to be delivered and receiving horrible customer service, I ventured out and found this site had what I wanted. Online purchase was super easy and I had my tree a week later! Sure it was a little more money but the service and product is fantastic. I couldn't be happier!

Jonathan O.
Wow! And I men WOW!

We bought several RE's about eight years ago and they never took off in our yard (Elizabethtown, KY) and five of six died. We pulled up #6 and took it to my mom's place in Paoli, IN. Poor thing was just a stick with one leaf, but everything we read said 'give it a chance' so we did. It was late summer when she planted it, and it survived the winter (somehow). It still looked pathetic. We took the advice of the internet and cut it off at ground level. It sprouted and came up several feet that summer. Impressed, next spring we did the same thing and cut it down. Mom thought we were nuts. I told her to have patience. That growing year saw it up to 10-feet or so. We left it alone the next spring and it took off. Mom didn't punch off any shoots, so it has four trunks now, but it is very close to 60' tall, sand has a super wide canopy. We keep the limbs at the bottom (under 6' off the ground,) trimmed to the trunk; and the ones that go out over the street and driveway trimmed off so traffic doesn't hit them. She get people stopping to ask what it is constantly. "It's just some stick my kids bought me" is her go-to answer, but she does tell them it's an "Empress something...?" (she can never remember the name.) Anyway, it's huge and beautiful. It buds every fall, and we wait for the blooms, but they never seem to pop all over the tree. She'll get a couple, but never all over. It's at least eight years old now, 60' tall, leaves the size of serving platters. It's impressive. We're gonna order some more for the 2020 growing season.

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 essential 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

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however we are currently experiencing delays and could take up to 11-14 days 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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