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Paulownia tomentosa - Empress Tree

Paulownia tomentosa - Empress Tree


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We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
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Average Height: 30 to 40 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide
Hardiness: zones 5-8
Aspect: sun to mostly sun
Leaves: deciduous, large leaves up to 2' long
Flowers: pink to lavender, fragrant
Common Names: Empress Tree or Princess Tree

A tough species that is tolerant growing in poor soils and drought conditions, the Empress Tree produces thousands of large pink flowers in the spring before the leaves start to emerge. Once the flowering season is done the leaves emerge and grow from one to two feet long and almost as wide, creating an instant tropical appearance. Trees can be grown in either a shrub form by pruning the tops back or in tree form by removing all but one trunk in the winter, without pruning Empress Trees will typically form a 2-3 trunk tree with wide branches. They are popular in parks where they provide shade for a large area and are popular as they are one of the most colorful large trees in the spring. You need a fair amount of space in your landscape for this species to reach its full potential but gardeners with smaller yards have been very successful pruning these into smaller forms. They bloom on old wood so heavy winter pruning can reduce flowering the next spring, with Empress Trees any heavy pruning should be done in early summer.


Very cold winters can reduce flowering the next spring, this is mostly an issue in zone 5 but can also affect growers in zone 6 when planting in very exposed locations. For growers in very cold climates flowering is greatly improved by planting in areas protected from strong winter winds.


Empress Trees prefer full sun in well drained soil, they are typically intolerant of heavy clay soils in flat landscapes. If you have heavy clay soils you can still grow this tree by planting on a mound of well drained soil, for large trees like this the mound should be 4-5 feet in diameter and at least two feet tall. An easy and cheap method for creating landscape mounds is to dump a few cubic yards of conifer bark (not wood chips) such as pine, fir, spruce, or hemlock. Till or mix the bark in with some of your native soil and pile the material into a mound, you can plant the tree directly in the center of the mound. Bark chips and shreds take a very long time to break down compared to wood chips and provide excellent drainage and soil aeration with the coarse fibers.


Close up of the flowers on an Empress Tree
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Close up of the flowers on an Empress Tree
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Bunches of flowers blooming in early spring before the new leaves emerge
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An Empress Tree in full bloom
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Close up of the large leaves
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Trees get quite large and need a lot of space
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Flowering branches of an Empress Tree
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We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
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How Your Plants Are Packaged And Shipped

Washed Root vs. Bare Root


A bare root Sitka Spruce

A 2 gallon Sitka Spruce with all the soil washed away
Bare root and washed root are very similar but in the nursery trade typically bare root plants are trees which are grown in the field and dug up in the winter with no soil attached. These plants are typically cheaper due to lower growing costs and are popular for large projects where a large number of plants are needed. When the are dug they lose any roots that grew away from the main root ball and typically these plants will grow a little slower in their first year as they focus on producing new roots before returning to fast top growth. Despite the longer establishment period, bare root plants benefit from the root pruning and will produce a superior long-term root structure than washed root plants. Certain plant species and varieties that are prone to poor root system development are only available bare root for this reason. Bare root plants have high success rates but are not tolerant of planting directly into windy areas, especially with evergreen species as the remaining roots will not be sufficient to withstand drying winds. If you are planting in high-wind areas you should consider ordering washed root plants.

Washed root plants are grown in containers like one or two gallon pots in a standard nursery setting and can ship much earlier in the fall because we don't have to wait for deep winter dormancy before handling the plants. For shipping the plants are removed from their containers and the soil is gently washed off of the roots, preserving most of the small feeder roots. We make minor root pruning cuts to elimate clumps of circling roots from some plants but typically don't remove more than about 5-10% of the fine roots, compared to bare root plants which typically lose around 60-70% of the fine feeder roots. Washed root plants are much quicker to establish and are suitable for planting directly in windy locations but because of the higher growing costs and shipping weight will be more expensive than field grown bare root plants. Some plant species that are especially prone to root circling are not grown in containers but only in the field.

For most plant species we choose the growing method that has the highest success rate for that plant's root structure but some plants can be grown just as well either way so both forms can be listed for sale at once. Under the "availability" section for each plant variety any plants listed by container size (such as 1 gallon, 2 gallon, etc.) are washed root plants while plants listed by height (such as 20-30 inches tall) or any listing saying "field grown" are bare root plants.

Packaging Plants For Shipping


Most plants are shipped wrapped in newspaper, then moistened. Large bundles of plants can be shipped in a single long box.
Some plants, usually bamboo, are shipped in their container while others have their roots washed of soil and wrapped in damp paper and plastic. Most plant varieties can be shipped year-round, but sometimes certain plant species or large sizes do best when shipped dormant. You can order these to reserve yours during the summer and then they will be shipped in November when they are ready to go.

Your plants are placed in tight fitting boxes and strapped to the box so they don't move around and sustain damage. These are 3' tall Coast Redwoods.
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All Plants Are Guaranteed To Arrive In Good Condition

Any damaged plants will be replaced at no extra cost, all you have to do is send an email to info@lebeaubamboo.com and specify which plants were damaged. We have a great track record of providing excellent customer service and that is one of the main reasons customers keep coming back. We have years of experience shipping plants and have figured out the best way to ship the wide range of plant types we grow, each requiring its own packing method.

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Here's Why You Get The Best Plants From Us

Outdoor Grown Plants Are Tough
These plants have been grown outside and are far tougher than greenhouse-grown plants, which is the typical growing method of many other online sellers. When plants spend their live outsides they are already used to extreme temperature, humidity, and light fluctuations and have been hardened off against these conditions from day one. Tough plants are much better prepared for planting out and will perform far better in your landscape.

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Your plants are fully guaranteed to arrive safely or they will be replaced, no hassles. Just send us an email at info@lebeaubamboo.com for easy plant help. They are also guaranteed to be fully up to size - we only ship plants that have fully filled out their container. Often, online sellers ship plants that are 3.5 inch or quart sized but the most common size plants we ship are twice as big, fully filling out one gallon containers.

Year Round Shipping
By growing in containers rather than the field, shipping of one and two gallon plants is available within 1-3 days of ordering all year long for most plant varieties. Plus, container growing has the added benefit of low root disturbance, especially compared to typical bare root plants, and ensures much faster establishment in your landscape. Holding your order and shipping dormant in the spring or fall is also available which offers reduced shipping rates and allows for shipping of large two and five gallon plants up to 60 inches tall.
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