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.