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Royal Empress TreePaulownia elongata

381 reviews
  • Royal Empress Tree

    Royal Empress (Paulowiana elongata) is fast growing and not invasive.

  • Royal Empress Tree

    Royal Empress (Paulowiana elongata) is fast growing and not invasive.

  • Royal Empress Tree

    In spring foxglove like blooms appear in large clusters.

  • Royal Empress Tree
  • Royal Empress Tree
  • Royal Empress Tree

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Royal Empress TreePaulownia elongata

381 reviews
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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 less 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.

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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. Ensure you plant well away from 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. 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. 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 $149 $19.95

Product Details

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
Grows Well In Zones: 7-11 outdoors
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      7-11 outdoors

Growing Zones: 7-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 0℉)

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Jana S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

So much love for this wonderful tree

I want to start off by saying there is way too much misinformation about this tree online. This is "Pauwlonia elongata", which is NOT invasive. This tree can only be reproduced by taking root cuttings and after 9 seasons of flowers I can vouch that it is indeed sterile and does not produce seeds like other varieties which are invasive. I have only had runners popping up from the roots once and I pulled them out by hand easily like snapping asparagus, they broke away from the root and never came back. Some people may confuse those with saplings sprouting, which they technically are not. Had I known this tree would be so hard to find at nurseries and online, I would have dug them out carefully and potted them to turn them into more trees. I will sad to leave this tree behind when I move and hope I can buy one from fast growing trees again when I live somewhere else. This tree is the absolute joy of my garden in central Texas. My tree is 30 ft tall and is gorgeous. Every early spring, it is one of the first plants in my garden to bloom and literally hundreds if not thousands of sphinx moths congregate to it for nectar. It blooms from March to May. The smell is divine. Bees, wasps, flies, moths, butterflies, and hummingbirds visit the flowers regularly. I have a very well stocked garden full of flowering trees, shrubs and smaller plants, but this tree seems to offer sustenance right at the time when there isn't much else open yet to choose from for pollenators. If you live in a suburban area where not many neighbors give much thought to providing flowering plants for pollenators, then I highly recommend this tree. It really can't be matched in the level of food it provides for wildlife at the very beginning of spring. It's an incredible sight to behold. In the summer it provides a green lit grotto underneath its canopy perfect for table and chairs, like a private out door dining area shielded from sun. The leaves when they fall add biomass to the ground and make the soil in your garden more rich. I gather them in the winter to winterize my vulnerable plants. Leaves get nibbled on a bit but seem to be pretty resistant to any pests. I haven't noticed at boring insects taking up an interest in this tree, nor have I seen any evidence of viral issues. I really hope fast growing trees plans to restock this amazing tree. I'm going to need another one in a year or two when I move.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Beautiful tree!

I bought a cold-hardy empress tree in October 2018. It was only a little stick 1-2 ft. tall. Today it is huge, and it is flowering this year for the first time! I love my empress tree. I really wish the cold-hardy trees were still available. I live in zone 6 and I would really love to have another one.

Paul B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Fantastic grower

I wanted a fast grower and I got one! My 4 ft tree that I planted 3 years ago is over 40 feet tall and 25 feet wide. I love it!

Linda L.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Paluwania elongeta

I ordered this tree as a bare root 6 foot. it has been 6 years and I love it. here is a picture of it. Royal Empress Tree Review
Brianne L.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Pretty trees

I have one in my front yard , planted 8 years ago, I love it! The neighbors always ask what kind of tree it is, they love it too. It has blossomed for the past 4 years and it’s so pretty. I just bought 4 more to plant along the back fence. Since we are headed into dormant season, I just planted them in large containers and plan to put them in the ground come spring. The only real unknown is whether the fedex delay hurt the root ball. But having the tree in the front, I know they are very resilient and should bounce back just fine. I plan to cut them to the ground at least once in their grow cycle. Royal Empress Tree Review