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Black Hills Spruce vs Empress Tree

Picea glauca var. densata

Paulownia tomentosa

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Black Hills Spruce
Empress Tree

Black Hills Spruce is a subspecies of White Spruce native to the Black Hills of South Dakota. It has a strongly conical form, slower growth rate and denser foliage than typical white spruce, making it preferable as a specimen tree for smaller suburban lawns. It also responds well to pruning, and can be used as a hedge or even bonsai.

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.

BLACK HILLS SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

EMPRESS TREE QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $18.99 - SAVE UP TO 24%
Zone: 2b
Zone: 5a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Flowers: light purple
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium

In row spacing: 3 - 4 m (10 - 12 ft)

Between row spacing: 5 m (16 ft)



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