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Empress Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) potted tree, Organic [TN, AL, NC, CT no]

$15.00 $14.00

Family:  Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)

Hardy to Zones 6 to 12.

Deciduous tree native to central and western China.   This is one of the most impressively large-leaved (elephant ear size) plants that you can grow. The plant commonly increases 15 feet in height in a single year.  I let some of them go to full size (to collect the flowers and the seed) and I keep one near the greenhouse cut back so it bushes out hugely each year and provides shade for the transplanters in the summer months. The tree figures strongly in lore and legend, and the poles are useful around the farm for trellising.  Traditional usage:  manufacture of medicinal grade charcoal.   Plant prefers full sun to part shade and a moist soil surface (roots run close to the surface). Space trees at least 20 feet apart.

Potted tree, certified organically grown

Note:   Empress Tree is not available to TN or AL or NC or CT.  Otherwise available in the rest of the US.

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  1. Question

    Andrei Felecan

    How big are the paulownia trees when shipped?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      This depends on the season they are shipped. In the winter they are dormant crowns, by fall they are commonly 18 inches or greater.

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  2. George Thompson

    George Thompson

    Do make sure to give it plenty of water twice per week in the summer. Don’t plant close to concrete or foundations. The ultimate shade tree.

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  3. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    PS:  The tree is increasing in popularity, as it has become evident that the fast growth and the great surface area of the leaves makes this one of the most significant “carbon sinks” available on the planet.  Removes carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and replaces this gas with breathable oxygen at approximately twice the rate of a “normal” tree.  Grow Empress Tree, People, and take a deep breath!  Richo

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    • Tim Child

      How do you know when to list a tree, bush, or plant as banned in certain states?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      search online for noxious weed status

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