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Golden Empress Trees?

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by Nate@Perfect Lawnscapes, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Nate@Perfect Lawnscapes

    Nate@Perfect Lawnscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I would like a golden empress tree to replace a shade tree that succumbed to......somthing. I know very little about them, they grow fast and aeren't in my area. And the one website that I found.... that carried them, was back-ordered for over a year. Any help would be great.
  2. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Why not also plant Tree of Heaven or Melaleuca or Norway Maple.
    They all fast growing and are also all noxious weeds, even if they aren't all on the Federal List yet.
  3. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    Perhaps european buckthorn would be a good choice...
    Whats the botanical on golden empress? I'm not familar with that common name.
  4. treedoc1

    treedoc1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Paulownia tomentosa
  5. Ryan_VT

    Ryan_VT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Paulownia tomentosa 'Coreana' is a golden cultivar. Their wood brings a lot of money in asia. People occasionally steal trees from other peoples land and from rail-road property. I think they look good when they are in flower, but they reseed like wildfire and your neihbors might not appreciate you planting one.
  6. Green Man Enviroscaping

    Green Man Enviroscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    You should definitely avoid the Paulownia due to its invasive habit and, depending on the situation, fast growth. I really love the appearance of the species - purple foxglove-like flowers and hugeous leaves - but they get out of control too easily. Couldn't pay me enough to plant one, even though they're not as likely to show invasive tendencies in this area.

    Outside of the exotic invasive issue, one of the pitfalls of having a tree spring up that fast is that the wood tends to be weak. It would be more susceptible to ice and wind damage. One of my favorite native trees is the silver maple, but I wouldn't put one within falling distance of a house or road because I know that it's more a matter of when it will drop limbs or everything, not if it will.

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