Firmiana simplex

Chinese Parasol Tree

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Round or oval tree
Mature Height - 30-45'
Mature Width - 15-30'
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - The yellowish green flowers occur in 10 to 20" long, upright, loose, terminal panicles in June-July.
Fruit - Soon after flowering, pod splits open into four sections 3-4" long. Pea-sized (0.25" round) seeds hang to the inside edges of the pod. Ripen in late summer, persist into the fall. In warm climates, viable seeds could sprout in surrounding areas.
Leaf - Leaves 6 to 8" long and wide but can be over 12" especially on vigorous young plants. 3- or 5-lobed, generally shaped like a maple leaf, though much larger and tropical looking. Rich green, glabrous or pubescent beneath; long petiole
Fall Color - Sometimes develops yellowish fall color.
Bark - The stem and bark on young trees are smooth, gray-green and add winter interest. Bud large, round with numerous fuzzy red-brown scales.
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Best in a full-sun, wind-protected location. Very adaptable to many soil characteristics, as long as it is fairly well drained. Can grow in part shade, but becomes more columnar reaching for sunlight. Drought tolerant once established. Zone (6)7 to 9.
Native Habitat - China, Japan. Introduced 1757.
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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Chinese Parasol Tree.
- Other plants of the family Sterculiaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Firmiana.
- Other plants of the species Firmiana simplex.