It has become a perennial question
Do you have an Empress tree? Do you have a Paulownia? Do you have a Sapphire Dragon tree? NO, NO and NO!!! We don’t, we won’t, not now, not ever and here is why.
- This tree has weak limbs and is brittle.
- It must be trimmed every year, all the way to the top.
- If it is not trimmed every year, it will not look like it does in the ads.
- If it is not trimmed properly, it will suffer from die back.
- If there is a late frost, the buds and flowers can get frozen off.
- When this tree is mature (6 to 10 years) it will make between 2 million and 20 million seeds.
- No animal or bird eats these seeds as part of their diet.
- All of these seeds are viable (capable of sprouting).
- The seeds will sprout everywhere in your lawn, your flower beds, your gutters, get the idea here?
- It grows very well in poor soils, like burned land, road sides and ditches.
- When the seeds get washed into the bayous, they will sprout, possibly causing flooding.
- It is considered to be a noxious weed and is banned in Connecticut (which is not the best place to grow them).
- It has very shallow roots that can buckle walks, driveways, roads and potentially a house slab.
- It has a shallow root system making for a mowing nightmare.
- The shallow roots will sprout suckers (a new tree)…lots of suckers.
- If you cut it down, it will resprout…everywhere…
- Your neighbors will have new trees popping up in their yards.
- Your neighbors will curse you and your descendents.
Although this tree has MAJOR issues for the average home owner, it is not all bad. Paulownia is a great renewable source for a fine-grained, hard wood, used in the making of furniture, since it grows quickly. However, it takes a great deal of management to get it to this point. Our firm recommendation, is to avoid this tree completely. If you need a fast growing tree look at our San Felipe Red Maple, Sawtooth Oak or Chinese Elm.