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American Elm vs Empress Tree

Ulmus americana

Paulownia tomentosa

American Elm
Empress Tree

American Elm is fast growing, tall tree with a recognizable and pleasing shape.

It's well suited for urban environments because of its non-invasive roots and ability to grow on harsh sites (quite salt tolerant). American Elm develops a wide, dense canopy that provides shade for many city streets around North America.

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.

AMERICAN ELM QUICK FACTS

EMPRESS TREE QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fall colour: bright yellow
Flowers: light purple
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: very long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: high
Suckering: medium
Suckering: medium





Other Names: water elm, whilte elm
Other Names: chinese empress tree, foxglove tree, princess tree, royal paulownia