The Q&A Archives: pros and cons of planting a Royal Empress tree

Question: I need a shade quick ,and I was told a Royal Empress tree was the way to go. Could you tell me the pros and cons of a Royal Empress tree?

Answer: Although this tree is quick growing, it does tend to be weak wooded and will break apart in storms. It is also considered an invasive exotic in many areas. For these reasons I would not recommend planting it. Instead, I would suggest you consult with your local professionally trained nurseryman and also possibly your local county extension staff for suggestions as to appropriate trees to plant for your specific site. I hope this helps.

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