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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:46 pm 
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I heard a radio show talking abou this Texas Giant Tree, so I called for info.. They want $200 for a 4-5' tree. This is the site. http://www.nuplexanurseries.com/ Does anyone know what tree this is? is it a hard wood or soft wood? They said it grows 15-18 feet a yr... Any ideas? Thanks...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:51 pm 
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There's alot of ads in newspapers and magazines that tell you that these wonder plants will grow to huge heights/sizes when you plant them,only to find out later that they don't grow to that size where you live.When i was a kid I bought some tomato seeds that were suppose to grow to 3-5 lbs a fruit,well as my dad told me not here in Austin.They grew only about the size of a golf ball,I guess what I'm trying to say is if it sounds to good to be true....
Or you can full some of the people some of the time but.....


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:01 am 
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It's called an Empress tree. I think they look funny. :lol: I heard they are invasive, but lots of trees are. There is a neighbor who has one growing in his front yard. Looks wierd.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:00 pm 
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My neighbor asked me last fall about this Texas Giant that he heard advertised, and I researched it for him, and it is actually a type of Catalpa Tree. It looks and grows very similar to an empress tree, but it is not quite the same and not very hardy in the texas heat. I live north of DFW, and I know some neighbors with Catalpas, and they look fine until the late summer, when they look pretty sad with browned out leaves. I have two Empress Trees, and they are pretty tough. They actually did grow 10 feet a year. They are a little different looking with their huge leaves; I heard somewhere that they are in the fig family, and that makes sense, because their leaves are similar in texture to fig leaves. But I only paid about ten bucks for each tiny tree. I put them where I needed quick shade. I'm actually gonna cut down one of them this spring after it blooms, because it is 40 feet tall and is shading out a 20 foot Bur Oak that I planted around the same time. You can Google both Empress Tree or Catalpa and decide for yourself. Whatever you do, don't pay too much!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:49 pm 
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Bad idea . . . I wouldn't plant either tree, even for a short-term and temporary solution. If you want the tree 10 years from now, I'd choose a more responsible selection.


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