As I stated in an earlier post, the Royal Empress tree is an extremely fast-growing tree. I chopped it down over the winter, as I read that it will grow quicker if you do that after the first year, and it didn’t disappoint. I planted it last fall, and it grew a few inches. I chopped it down over the winter, and here’s what it looked like in the middle of April.
I was reading on a site that their tree grew 11 feet over the first year. I didn’t believe it, but figured that if I got a few feet out of it, I’d be happy. Well, it grew a few feet the first month, and then just took off. It’s the end of August, and it’s probably close to 11 feet tall! Take a look for yourself.
This happened during a summer where we got so little rain and so many extremely hot days (over 100 degrees) that other young trees died.
The Royal Empress tree is a quick growing tree that has huge leaves. I’ve got some that are two feet in diameter! It looks kind of strange while it’s growing this year, as leaves form all along the trunk, starting at the base. In this picture, some of the lower ones have already fallen off.
In case you want to grow one for yourself, leave those leaves attached. They are needed for the tree to get enough oxygen to grow. Right above the leaves, though, a branch will start growing. I just cut those off as they popped up, until they got high enough to where I wanted branches to start growing (just above my head). The tree is just now starting to branch out to where it doesn’t look like a tall stick with leaves. I can’t wait to see what it does next year! Stay tuned…