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November 26, 2010

The Royal Empress tree is beautiful, fast growing, indestructable

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The Royal Empress has many of the qualities I want in a shade tree. It has beautiful flowers in spring and large green leaves. It grows incredibly fast and is easy to grow and hard to kill. Sounds perfect!!?? The Royal Empress tree originated in China and is now grown all over the states. There are so many wondrous tales told about the tree that you would think everyone would want to have one. You can't sit back and watch it grow, but almost. Its daily growth is measurable! A fully mature tree will be between 30 and 70 feet high, and perhaps 30 feet wide. With leaves that can measure a foot across, the Royal Empress Tree is a first class shade tree.

However, there is a catch. it has become invasive in places and, despite its unquestioned beauty, is called a weed tree. Once established, it tends to spread rapidly and is difficult to eradicate. It cannot be destroyed by cutting it back. It must be dug up, roots and all. It is said it is deer resistant but they sometimes browse on the trees. The leaves are edible and sometimes used for animal fodder.

There are several nurserys that handle Royal Empress, and Amazon has seeds. As fast as it grows, that might be the economical way to grow one of these beauties.

At Royal Empress Tree 50 Seeds - Paulownia - Tropical

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 26, 2010 3:25 AM
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