Plant Care Empress Tree

Empress Tree

About Empress Tree

The princess tree is a fast growing tree in the Paulowniaceae family. It is named in honor of Russian Princess Anna Paulowna (1795-1865). This shade tree grows rapidly adding 15 feet each year to reach a mature height of 50 feet and width of 30 feet in 10 years. It tolerates a range of soils including low fertility and high acidity but prefers moist, deep, sandy-loam well-drained soil.


Paulownia tomentosa

Also known as

Princess tree and Foxglove-tree

How to care for Empress Tree


How often to water your Empress Tree

Water needs for Empress Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Empress Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Empress Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Empress Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Empress Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Empress Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Empress Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Empress Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Empress Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Empress Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Empress Tree can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Empress Tree

Empress Tree

Empress Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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