Empress Tree Seed Pod
Delivered by: Brad Vogel
Material: Natural matter
Year: 21st Century
Location discovered: below any of the beautiful Empress Trees starting in Fall.
History: Empress Tree seed pods were historically used as packing peanuts when shipping fine china from Asia to the US. The pods would be thrown out during unpacking and starting growing into trees that now line the banks of the canal and many streets in Gowanus. The Empress Tree is know for its indestructible nature, rapid growth, its soft and large leaves and it's beautiful purple flowers.