It is BIG and GREEN but what is it

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Last year I bought this tree and it did OK but nothing to brag about and then when the cold and freezing temps of winter hit. All it looked like was a dead twig. I thought, GREAT. I lost another tree. It was still dead looking in May when I left for my trip. I had plans of digging it up and tossing it sometime after I gor back home.

Lo and behold when I got back it had started to grow. I was very pleased. From mid May to now it has tripled in size. It has huge leaves and if you didn't know what it was or what it was going to look like when it bloomed you would probably be wondering what the heck is this big thing with mammoth leaves in the middle of my garden. I am sure there have been a few neighbors and passerbyers that wonder that

Here is the latest pic of it. It stands about 7-8 tall right now so it grows fast once it is established.

Here is the close up view of the leaves. They measure about 2 ft across

The trunk of it is green and doesn't look like a tree trunk. It is however starting to look more like a regular tree trunk at the very bottom

This is the pic of what it looked like all winter and even up until mid May. It is the pic in front on the left and brownish in color. The current trunk is in back of it and is green. There is a 4- stake I staked it with earlier in June. The dark green in the middle and that brownish looking thing on the right is what I staked it with last yr.

 Now it is supposed to reach 30-50 ft tall and do so within 5 yrs. It will blossom in the Spring according to the specs so I will be curiously be awaiting that for next Spring and see what it does this winter. So what is this BIG green tree with HUGE leaves.

It is called a Royal Express Tree and is native to China. It is called:

Nature's air purifier!
The
Royal Empress tree can also filter toxins from the air at an amazing rate.  In fact, this tree can capture more Carbon from the environment and convert it into pure, clean oxygen than almost any other tree in existence.

The Royal Empress tree will announce the arrival of spring with a spectacular display of bell shaped flowers that burst into bloom on cascading clusters of 8-12” blossoms. Their colorful display of lavender-kissed, pink and white will infuse the air with the fragrant scent of jasmine.

 

Hope you enjoyed the lesson on this amazing tree

 

 

Posted by

Sharon Lee

Comments (38)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Kathleen-I am sure glad I didn't either and I love that it filters toxins,  I look forward to the blooms in the Spring

Jul 18, 2014 07:19 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Sharon~ I love hearing about your beautiful tree, and I am so glad you took the time to invest in it. With loving care you will enjoy watch it grow and grow GREAT JOB!

Jul 18, 2014 07:37 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Jon. I had no idea what it would look anything like this. I found the info on it rather fascinating. I appreciate your kindness.

Jul 18, 2014 08:02 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

hi Sharon, I wonder if this tree would grow in WV. I love it and will do some research on it.

Jul 20, 2014 03:02 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Rebecca-You should be able to with no problem- It is hardy to zone 5 and you must be a 6 anyways

Jul 20, 2014 07:21 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

I knew what it was as soon as I saw it.  My mother planted one for my grandfather when he was 85 and by the time he was 90 it was 40 fee tall.  The secret is to trim the lower limbs and water often.  They are wonderful to plant close to a home, as the wood is very light about a pound for a 20 foot limb, so danger of roof damage. 

Jul 20, 2014 07:58 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Anna-That is awesome and thank you for the great tip. I shall make sure I do both

Jul 21, 2014 03:04 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Sharon,  I almost thought it was a Catalpa Tree but the green trunk threw me off. I do hope to see pics when it starts blooming!

Jul 21, 2014 11:22 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Wanda-I will definitely post pics when it is in bloom. It should be in the Spring next year but if it grows to the 15 ft this year I will also post those as well.

Jul 22, 2014 12:07 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Sharon ... I almost missed you post and all these wonderful photographs! Love the title, photos and your writing!

Sir Vegas Bob

Jul 23, 2014 05:10 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Sir VB. Just wish I had your talent

Jul 23, 2014 06:37 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello again Sharon ... you just keep plugging away my friend, it took me 40 years to get where I am today ... Lot of time and money, your photos are wonderful!

Sir Vegas Bob

Jul 24, 2014 01:41 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

You are the master for sure SVB. Thank you I appreciate that. I am a amateur at best

Jul 24, 2014 06:43 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Sharon, at first I thought it was a walking Christmas tree that was cloithed. However, as I read your post and saw the photos, I realize you have a very special tree. I have a feeling you will keep us updated as it is certainly an unique tree.

Jul 24, 2014 02:20 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Sharon- doubtful I will ever see such a tree up here..but I loved this post and can't imagine something growing so fast, either :-) Thanks for sharing your Royal Empress tree!

Jul 24, 2014 11:53 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Jane-I never heard of a walking Christmas tree.  I definitely will be sharing pics when they bloom and even if it has another significant growth spurt this year

Mary-I do believe you are right. It would die in your winters,  I am amazed at the growth rate myself and you are most welcome

Jul 25, 2014 01:02 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Sharon,

It is a fast growing tree with good shade. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 02, 2014 12:48 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

It is growing outward as well as upwards Kristin

Aug 02, 2014 09:06 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I've never heard of this tree before, but because of what it does...I think you should plant another ten of them. Thanks for sharing this information, Sharon. 

Oct 22, 2015 08:52 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Debbie Laity -The bad thing is it hasn't blossomed yet so I am disappointed about that.  You are welcome

Oct 22, 2015 10:09 AM