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My Emperess Tree

Hot Springs National, AR(Zone 7b)

This is a Royal Empress tree that I planted end of March. The leaves are huge, and I wanted every body to see it. I live in zone 7b and will find out IF it will survive in this area.

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Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

It will survive in your area...potentially a little too well. It's considered invasive in quite a few southern/southeastern states.

Olympia, WA

That is awesome. I tried, but could not succeed here in WA state!!!! Others have it growing, but I have failed miserably.

Victorville, CA(Zone 8b)

WOW!! The leaves are huge!!! I have been considering buying this tree, but havent actually seen a pic of one that was planted. Thanks for sharing!

Olympia, WA

I have been able to "beg" some of those huge leaves from successful growers. Why the leaves? They are wonderful for doing concrete castings!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Here is a bit more info for you...


Heber Springs, AR(Zone 7a)

Don't worry if it dies to the ground the first winter or two. It will come back up in the spring and usually by the third winter will not die down.

Olympia, WA

I noticed, with envy, an elderly lady who had hers cut back to the ground every year. It returned again and again in all its glory.

South Central, KY(Zone 7a)

Do you have any current pics to share??
I only have the one Royal Empress tree and it's several years old and GORGEOUS.
I ordered four more that will be delivered in April.

And that's true that you can cut it back to the ground and it will grow back.
I think I'd be too chicken to try.

Daingerfield, TX

hi is the emperess tree and the chineese parasol tree the same thing? i have many in my backyard from my nieghbors tree he said it was a chineese parasol tree

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

No, they are totally different trees..

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/53113/ Chinese parasol

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/391/ Empress tree

Staten Island, NY(Zone 7b)

@ Trudy28 and everyone!
Good afternoon!
Thanks for this posting! I have seen this plant grow in a weedy way and as full grown sidewalk trees. I kept meaning to post pics, it's really unusual. I would like to put it in a pot an see how we'll it grows. Ill try a branch cutting.
And what are concrete castings? Interesting too!
Thanks Carol =^.^=__?

Olympia, WA

Quote from Sailstheseas :
Ill try a branch cutting.
And what are concrete castings? Interesting too!
Thanks Carol =^.^=__?

Concrete casting means making a leaf of concrete that uses the Paulownia leaf for the mold.
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.artistic-garden.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/leaf-gardenweb.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.artistic-garden.com/leaf-casting/&h=286&w=298&sz=28&tbnid=muTtHPsK-Ot1GM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=95&zoom=1&usg=__PjFebNkzru06PP7i3QZ7qCV8QXw=&docid=eHmbsKlz5v2tRM&sa=X&ei=MUgYUYTPHueSiQKbkoGoBg&ved=0CDsQ9QEwAg&dur=3021 will show you many different concrete leaves. Let me warn you - this is a VERY addicting hobby!!!

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