Meet the Empress
THE FASTEST GROWING TREE IN THE WORLD
Fast growing hardwood tree that matures in 7-10 years
Non-invasive, non-GMO naturally occurring
Produces lightweight hardwood lumber
Regrows after harvest without replanting
Perfect for intercropping and permaculture
The Empress Splendor tree is the fastest growing hardwood tree in the world (Guinness Book of World Records) reaching maturity within 10 years.
The Empress is a member of the Paulownia family, a sacred tree of the Orient, long revered for its fast growth and quality wood. In Japan, it is the emblem of the prime minister.
Paulownia was once native to North America but is no longer well known here. The Empress Splendor is a non-invasive, hybrid species, that can grow in many parts of the United States and Canada, where its primary use is lumber.
Empress Splendor trees are not genetically modified but are bred by conventional methods used by farmers for thousands of years. They do not respond well to chemical products, preferring instead organic farming methods and the use of natural fertilizers such as chicken manure.
The Empress tree is a ‘wet’ wood which makes it naturally fire and insect resistant.
From planting to harvest in 10 years
World Tree is planting Empress trees with farmers in North and Central America. We have 18 of our own non-invasive varieties and we select the best strain based on the farmer’s location. In North America, we plant in altitudes of less than 2,200 feet with summer temperatures of 70°F (21°C) and above for at least 5-6 months a year. In locations closer to the equator we plant at higher altitudes.
The trees typically grow 10-20 feet in the first year and can reach maturity in 10 years. The trees are naturally resistant to fire and insects making them extremely hardy.
After 10 years World Tree harvests the trees and sells the lumber. One of the amazing properties of the tree is that it regrows from the stump very quickly after harvesting and will regrow itself up to 7 times after being cut down. This makes it a sustainable source of lumber for generations to come.
Record breaking growth
The Empress Splendor is the fastest growing hardwood tree in the world, growing up to 20 feet in the first year and reaching maturity in just 10 years.
This tree is just 4 years old.
Part of the ecosystem
The flowers of the Empress tree are rich in nectar, attracting honey bees.
The large leaves provide light and shelter for other plants and the deep roots revitalize the soil.
Regenerates 7 times
When you cut down an Empress tree it regrows from the stump.
An Empress tree will regenerate up to 7 times, continuing to absorb carbon for over 50 years.