#096 Empress Tree
(Paulownia tomentosa)

Statistics (2023)

  • Circumference (In.): 50″
  • Height (Ft.): 40′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 16′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 16″
  • Total Points: 94

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2023
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Public
  • Ecological Value: This shade tree grows rapidly adding 15 feet each year to reach a mature height of 50 feet and width of 30 feet in just 10 years.  It is considered one of the fastest-growing trees in the world.  The leaves of this plant are large and velvety soft looking very much like those on a catalpa tree.  Flowers appear on second year wood are light purple pink, showy, and smell like vanilla.  Woody brown seed capsules follow and in the fall they break open to reveal winged seeds.