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Engelmann Spruce vs Empress Tree

Picea engelmannii

Paulownia tomentosa

Engelmann Spruce
Empress Tree

Engelmann Spruce is a tall, cold resistant tree native to western North America. This high-altitude mountain tree has characteristic loose, scaly bark ranging in colour from reddish-brown to grey.

Birds such as grouse, woodpeckers, nuthatches and thrushes will call this tree home. As Engelmann Spruce can exceed heights of 100 feet, consumers should note it is too large for a normal city 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.

ENGELMANN SPRUCE 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: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: any
Light: full sun
Flowers: light purple
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





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