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The Empress Splendor (Paulownia)

Posted by Vanderbilt Financial Group on 9/24/20 1:06 PM


If you’ve read our latest blog introducing World Tree and their Eco-Tree Program, you may be wondering: why the Empress Splendor? Can’t any tree “do the trick” when it comes to fighting climate change?

The answer is simple: this tree is special. Read more to find out why the Empress Splendor tree, also known as the Paulownia tree, is the tree of choice for this program.

It has record-breaking growth. The Empress Splendor is the fastest growing hardwood tree in the world. It can grow up to 20 feet in the first year, and reaches maturity in just 10 years. And not only does it grow quickly…

It regenerates. After its first harvest, an Empress tree can regrow itself up to seven times. This feature of the Paulownia, along with its fast rate of growth, means we can keep up with the demand for timber and not sacrifice other forests while doing so.

It’s non-invasive. There are many species of Paulownia, but only one is invasive: the Paulownia tomentosa, which World Tree does not use. Instead, World Tree uses non-invasive species, such as the Paulownia fortuneii.

It grows organically. The Empress Splendor does not respond well to chemicals, so it grows best organically. Their bark is moist, making the trees naturally insect repellant and fire retardant. The Paulownia trees planted by World Tree are also not genetically modified.

It has various environmental benefits. Most trees capture an average of 2-9 tons of carbon per acre. The Empress Splendor, however, absorbs 38 tons per acre or more; this makes it the ideal tree for fighting climate change. One tree will drop 200 pounds of nitrogen rich leaves each year, revitalizing the ground’s soil. Additionally, the tree’s flowers provide nectar for bees.

Getting Involved

If you are interested in joining World Tree in fighting climate change and creating a legacy, visit Vanderbilt.Eco to contact a Financial Advisor.

This is neither an offer to sell, nor a solicitation to buy, a security, which can be made only by the prospective investors if it is preceded or accompanied by the Offering Circular, which contains various and important risk disclosures. This material does not purport to be complete and should be read in conjunction with the Offering Circular. All potential investors must read the Offering Circular and no person may invest without acknowledging that they have received, read, and fully understand the Offering Circular. The Offering Circular can be read at

Topics: Impact Investing, sustainability, Investment, climate change, climate week, world tree

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