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Seeking Farmers for 2021 Planting

Free trees, training and support for farmers 
Fast-growing premium genotypes selected for lumber production
Strong, light hardwood within 8-12 years
Receive 50% of profits from the sale of the lumber 
Ongoing revenues for up to 70 years 

Are you looking for new ways to generate revenue from your land? We are looking for farmers with unused acreage to grow our fast-growing Empress Splendor trees (Paulownia) for the purposes of timber production. The model is simple: World Tree provides the trees training and support; you plant and care for them; World Tree brings a buyer for the lumber and together we share in the profits.

Whether it’s through depleted soil or land that is too expensive to farm, your unused acreage is taking money out of your pocket. World Tree provides a way that you can get started with a highly profitable crop, with the full support and experience of our team.

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How it works

The World Tree Eco-Tree Program provides a pathway for farmers to start growing Empress trees with the help and support of an experienced team. We give you the trees for free, we train and support you in the best growing methods and we bring a buyer for the lumber when the trees are ready for harvest.

World Tree currently has 3000 acres under management, working with over 150 farmers. We are looking to expand our program with farmers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington State. If you are a landowner in one of these areas with at least 10-20 acres available you could qualify for our program

As a farmer, you will receive 50% of the profits on harvest. Not bad, when you consider that Empress timber currently sells for between $3 and $14 a board foot. Profits from a well-managed tree farm can range between $30,000 and $135,000 depending on yields and the quality of lumber produced.

The program is funded by World Tree’s investors who also share in any profits from the harvest. Once harvested, Empress Splendor trees regenerate from the stump and can be grown again for up to seven harvests. After the first harvest, the trees belong entirely to you and you can reap the benefit of all future harvests.

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We are looking for farmers who have …

Farmland in zones 7 through 11
Elevation less than 2200 feet
Clay sandy loam soil or better
At least 10-20 acres of available land

Your success is our success. World Tree only makes money on the harvest when you do. We will support you every step of the way, making sure that your trees are well managed so they produce the highest quality lumber possible. 

What you get:

  • 110 timber quality Empress trees per acre, specially selected for your growing zone 

  • Up to 30 replacement trees per acre 

  • 50% of the profits from the sale of the lumber

  • Support to ensure successful growth, including in person site visits

  • Access to our ‘Growers Guides’ and online support materials

  • A buyer for the lumber from the first harvest

  • 100% ownership of the trees after the first harvest

Your responsibilities:

  • Land preparation (including weeding if required)
  • Planting the Empress Trees, following the World Tree guides and advice
  • Care of the trees, including weeding, fertilizing, irrigation (if required)
  • Coppicing of the trees at 12 months (if required)
  • Pruning of the trees as needed


Economic benefits

The purpose of the program is to grow beautiful trees, with a straight long trunk with a diameter of at least 18”.  World Tree provides exclusive Empress Splendor trees that have a proven track record for timber production.  The trees will readily reach this kind of size (and even more) if you follow our growing instructions. 

World Tree provides you with the trees at no cost – and most importantly we also provide a buyer for the lumber. We share the profits 50/50 so it is in our interest to get the best price possible. In the current market, the lumber sells for between $3 and $14 per board foot. The price we fetch is determined by the quality of lumber produced. Trees that have been well cared for and pruned to produce wide, knot free logs will fetch the highest prices.

A well managed tree farm can produce between 20,000 and 30,000 BF of lumber. The table below shows  potential returns to the farmer of $30,000 or more depending on the yield. Note that we can’t predict the future or what will happen to the price of lumber in years to come.

  • Hardwood lumber within 10 years
  • Beautiful sustainable timber, with multiple uses
  • Hardwood worth $3-14/board foot (in current market conditions)
  • Yields 20,000 – 30,000 board feet per acre or more
  • Regenerates without replanting, providing ongoing revenue for 70 years+
  • World Tree provides a buyer for the lumber and you share the profits

Potential return to the farmer per acre based for various pricing and yield scenarios. Returns shown are 50% of the total (i.e. the farmer’s share). NOTE – actual results may vary and future market conditions are unknown.

How to Qualify

The first step in becoming a World Tree farmer is to speak with us. Fill in the contact form below and either Roy, Nick or Kara from our farmer support team will give you a call.

Or you can email us directly for more information. The most important factor in determining if this program is a fit for you is your land location. You need to have at least 10 acres of suitable land in one of our growing areas to qualify. See the map below for our current growing locations (where green areas are ideal, and yellow areas are potential growing areas depending on your exact location).

“With the lumber, the cattle and the honey … that’s three revenue streams.

Every farmer that desires to sustain his life and the life of the land that he loves, needs to consider planting the Empress Splendor tree.

If it does even one tenth of what it is claimed to do they will be very happy campers at the end of the day.”

~ Grover Plunkett

“ There’s only two things you can grow in Alabama, that’s rocks and trees. I figured I might as well plant some trees. It was something new and different.

The best part is my newest field. Seeing the trees growing, all about the same height. You look out across the field and every hole is full and green. It’s just amazing. ”

~ Eugene Martens

“I asked myself, would these trees really grow that well? Well I found out they do if you take good care of them in the first year; mine grew from ground level to 15 ft. tall in one season after coppice. 

I want to say to new farmers that World Tree has a great team to work with, and I look forward to a long relationship with them.”

~ Johnny Walker

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