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Ginkgo Biloba vs Empress Tree

Ginkgo biloba

Paulownia tomentosa

Ginkgo Biloba
Empress Tree

The Ginkgo Biloba is regarded as one of the most distinctive and beautiful of all the deciduous trees, and has remained genetically unchanged for millions of years. Its beautifully fan-shaped leaves develop a clear yellow colour in fall. Graceful and attractive year-round, Ginkgo is the perfect conversation starter in your yard.

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.

GINKGO BILOBA QUICK FACTS

EMPRESS TREE QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 4a
Zone: 5a
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Height: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: golden yellow
Flowers: light purple
Nuts: Edible and tasty, cook before eating
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium



Toxicity: Uncooked nuts in large quantities


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