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White Oak vs Empress Tree

Quercus alba

Paulownia tomentosa

White Oak
Empress Tree

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features green acorns and beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall.

With a huge growth in bourbon and scotch over the past few decades there is an emerging shortage of white oak that is the primary tree used for cask barrels and aging.

The Empress Tree is a fast growing, ornamental shade tree. It has purple, fragrant flowers that are quite attractive. The flowers emerge before the leaves in early spring. The leaves of this tree can grow very large, up to 30 cm long.

As one of the fastest growing trees in the world, this tree has been given considerable attention for carbon sequestration projects. It drops many seeds which can make it invasive in warmer climates. Please do some research and plant the right tree in the right place.

The Empress tree’s genus name comes from Princess Paulowna, daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

EMPRESS TREE QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 4a
Zone: 5a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: dark red
Flowers: light purple
Nuts: acorns
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: high
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: chinese empress tree, foxglove tree, princess tree, royal paulownia