A dramatically beautiful tree that bears velvety buds that develop into magnificent violet blossoms. a very attractive, fast-growing tree and easy to grow in a home garden in the right environment. It bears trumpet-like flowers which are large, lovely and fragrant in shades of blue or lavender. After the flower show in spring, the royal empress’s huge leaves appear. They are beautiful, exceptionally soft and downy. These are followed by a green fruit that matures into a brown capsule.