Royal Empress Tree - Package of 15 Seeds

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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

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All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

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Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

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The Royal Empress Tree Seeds (15)

Majestic lavender-colored and bell-shaped flowers grouped in up to foot- long blossoms provide a waterfall style crown around the royal empress tree. Sometimes called the princess or foxglove tree, this breathtakingly beautiful tree heralds the arrival of Spring and adds a touch of royalty to nature. Originated in China, these trees are now ubiquitous across much of Northern America and Europe. 

Reminiscent of foxglove, the flowers of the royal empress have a classic bell shape that even grows in long 8" to 12" clusters. Blossoms are a light, royal purple at full maturity. With a light jasmine-fragrance and lush store of nectar, the royal empress flowers attract birds and bees alike. 

The flowering process occurs across the entire season. As winter is just exiting, small, furry buds begin to appear on its branches. In early spring these blossom into lavender cascades, which reach full glory in Summer. As these blooms leave, the sometimes 3-foot wide emerald green, fuzzy leaves emerge to shade the surrounding area. Due to such large leaves, the branches of the royal empress tree are fewer compared to similar tree types. 

Mature Shape and Size

The royal empress tree is the fastest growing shade tree in the world, able to grow up to 15' or 4.5 m its first season. Within its 40 - 70 year lifespan, it may reach a height of 40' to 50' (12 m - 15 m) and a spread of 30' to 40' (9 m - 12 m). The tree may be pruned early on the slow growth down and shape as desired. As a non-invasive tree, the royal empress may be placed near any major landscaping or property feature. 


Ideal Conditions

Royal empress trees grow best in zones 5 - 11, avoiding only extremely cold regions. With regard to both soil and sun, the hardwood tree is fairly versatile. In terms of soil, the royal empress prefers a well-drained and humus-based area. It can handle a range of pH levels from very acidic to alkaline. Either partial shade or full sun will work well for the royal empress tree. Additionally, the tree is pest and disease resistant. 

Particularly hardy, the royal empress tree does not need much in the way of conditions to thrive.

Complementing the royal empress's hardiness is its environmental impact. As one of the most environmentally friendly trees, the royal empress has a high carbon turnover rate due to its large leaves. It's also able to remove toxins from the surrounding area, acting as an air purifier.

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