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I saw this tree blooming today with 2 inch trumpet like blooms all over the tree. I got my county agriculture extension agent to identify it and he thinks it is called "Royal Empress". It's not native to Texas but boy the bees were really working those flowers.

Anyone ever here of it?
 

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It's supposedly one of the fastest growing trees around, and it has also been touted as a good tree to plant to help mitigate CO2 emissions.
 

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Paulownia or Empress Tree grows 40 to 50 ft I've watched the bees work the tree in my yard. They have a bit of trouble getting up the trumpet to the nectar because of slippage but they get to it eventually.
 

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I did a little research on it a while ago.

Some varieties are considered invasive, so be selective.

I also just read that it blooms for six weeks.
 
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