Looking for land to plant and grow our fast-growing Empress Splendor trees.


Land Seeker Description

Seeking land now for our 2021 planting

If you are interested

We are looking for landowners with…

  • Farmland in zones 7 through 11
  • At least 10-20 acres of available land
  • Clay sandy loam soil or better
  • Elevation less than 2200 feet
  • A great attitude

The model is simple: World Tree provides the trees, training and support;  plant the trees and care for them; World Tree brings a buyer for the lumber; together we share in the profits.

The Empress Splendor is the fastest growing tree in the world. In its first season, it can easily grow to a height of 10 feet and reaches 20 feet on the best sites. It grows to hardwood maturity within 10 years and produces light-weight hardwood lumber. Even better, it regrows from the stump up to 7 more times, each time producing more timber for harvest.

Empress trees produce a light, strong hardwood known as the ‘aluminum of lumber’ that is water, rot and termite resistant.

If you have suitable land, you can grow Empress trees with the help and support of an experienced team. We give you the trees for free, we train and support you in the best growing methods and we bring a buyer for the lumber when the trees are ready for harvest.

Whether it’s through depleted soil or land that is too expensive to farm, your unused acreage is taking money out of your pocket. World Tree provides a way that you can get started with a highly profitable crop, with the full support and experience of our team.

How it works

World Tree provides a way for farmers to start growing Empress trees with the help and support of an experienced team. We give you the trees for free, we train and support you in the best growing methods and we bring a buyer for the lumber when the trees are ready for harvest.

World Tree currently has 5,000 acres under management, working with over 150 farmers. We are looking to expand our program with farmers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington State. If you are a landowner in one of these areas with at least 10-20 acres available you could qualify for our program.

As a farmer, you will receive 50% of the profits on harvest. Not bad, when you consider that Empress timber currently sells for between $3 and $14 a board foot. Profits from a well-managed tree farm can range between $30,000 and $135,000 /acre of an 8-12 year harvest cycle – depending on yields and the quality of lumber produced.

The program is funded by World Tree’s investors who also share in any profits from the harvest. Once harvested, Empress Splendor trees regenerate from the stump for up to seven harvests. After the first harvest, the trees belong entirely to you and you can reap the benefit of all future harvests.

What you get

The World Tree Farmer Program provides exclusive Empress Splendor varieties that have a proven track record for timber production. We train you how to plant, grow and prune the trees to maximize the quality of wood produced. 

World Tree provides you with the trees at no cost – and most importantly we also provide a buyer for the lumber.

  • 110 Empress trees per acre, specially selected for your growing zone
  • Up to 30 replacement trees per acre
  • 50% of the profits from the sale of the lumber
  • Support to ensure successful growth, including in person site visits
  • Access to our ‘Growers Guides’ and online support materials
  • A buyer for the lumber from the first harvest
  • 100% ownership of the trees after the first harvest
The rewards

Yields and returns

Empress trees produce blonde, straight-grained lumber with the highest strength-weight ratio of any commercial wood. It is water, rot, warp and termite resistant making it a very attractive product for furniture, veneers, building finishes, marine applications and musical instruments.

How much money we can make from Empress lumber depends on three factors: yield, quality and price. The price is largely determined by the quality of lumber produced. Trees that have been well cared for and pruned to produce wide, knot free logs will fetch the highest prices. In the current market, the lumber sells for between $3 and $14 per board foot depending on quality.

A well-managed tree farm can produce between 20,000 to 30,000 BF of lumber per acre.

The table below shows a potential return to the farmer per acre based on various pricing and yield scenarios. Returns shown are 50% of the total (i.e. the farmer’s share). Note: actual results may vary, and future market conditions are unknown.

Join a webinar to learn more about potential costs and profits.

Empress has the highest strength-weight ratio of any wood
and fetches $3-$14 / board foot

What it takes

Planting and tree care

Empress tree farming has the potential to be highly profitable. Success is largely dependent on good planting, maintenance and pruning in the first four years of the tree’s life. You need to be willing to invest sweat and effort into those early years to maximize the potential of the tree. You also need to be willing to listen and learn from the World Tree experts on best practices.

Here are the main things that you can expect to be included:

  • Land preparation
  • Planting the Empress trees
  • Care of the trees, including weeding, fertilizing, irrigation (as required)
  • Coppicing of the trees at 12 months (if required)
  • Pruning of the trees as needed

Pests, fire and other risks

Empress trees have few natural predators and you are unlikely to run into any issues with insects. Some farmers have issues with deer but the leaves are relatively bitter and not tasty, so good land management will prevent significant deer issues. The trees are also relatively fire resistant.

We do expect some tree losses due to natural events and the World Tree Farmer Program will replace losses that occur in the first two years while the trees get established.

What features of the property are essential?

Land in zones 7 through 11 with water table below 8-10ft is ideal. At least 25-100+ acres of available land with Clay sandy loam soil or better at an elevation below 2200 feet.

Describe your farming experience

Greenhouse nurseries, row crops, orchard style, plant tissue micro-propagation, and farm/project management experience.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

Bring propagation to Oregon from Alabama to support the demand here locally.

What are your long term goals

Purchase a small nursery farm.

Describe your housing needs

None necessary

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:
Central, Coastal, Eastern, Gorge, 5, South Willamette Valley, North Willamette Valley, Portland Area, Southern, Neighboring States

Acreage desired:
21+ acres

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Flowers, Grain, Herbs, Nursery Stock, Nuts, Orchard/Fruit, Vegetables, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Sale of Land, Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade, Partnership, Other

Interested in these growing practices:
Certified Organic, Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Season Extension, Conventional, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 19, 2020

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