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Little Leaf Linden vs Empress Tree

Tilia cordata

Paulownia tomentosa

Little Leaf Linden
Empress Tree

Little Leaf Linden is a large, deciduous shade tree that is native to Europe. The leaves are heart shaped with fine teeth on the margins. It has much smaller leaves than Large Leaf Linden.

Its small, fragrant yellow-green flowers are said to have medicinal properties and can also be used to make honey. Littleleaf Linden is a great choice for a boulevard or large lot.

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.

LITTLE LEAF LINDEN QUICK FACTS

EMPRESS TREE QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 3a
Zone: 5a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 10 m (33 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Flowers: yellow
Flowers: light purple
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: medium
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





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