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Bristlecone Pine vs Empress Tree

Pinus aristata

Paulownia tomentosa

Bristlecone Pine
Empress Tree

Bristlecone Pine is a small to medium evergreen with an irregular habit and contorted branches.

This extremely long-lived tree is relatively low maintenance and drought-tolerant.

It is known for its deep green to blue-green needles flecked with white resin, and its thin, scaly, grey-brown bark. Because it is extremely slow-growing, Bristlecone Pine is well suited to smaller properties.

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.

BRISTLECONE PINE QUICK FACTS

EMPRESS TREE QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $3.89 - SAVE UP TO 26%
Lowest Price: $17.99 - SAVE UP TO 28%
Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Height: 9 m (30 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Flowers: light purple
Growth rate: extremely slow
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: colorado bristlecone pine, foxtail pine, hickory pine, rocky mountain bristlecone pine
Other Names: chinese empress tree, foxglove tree, princess tree, royal paulownia