China and Vietnam
12m x 9m
Pyramidal, becoming broader with age.
Thick and glossy, dark green broadly ovate leaves turning reddish-orange, purplish to yellowish-red in autumn. Can be semi-evergreen in some areas.
Abundant white flowers produced in corymbs from early spring. Can be variable in flowering dependent on region in which planted.
Small russet fruit to 12 mm in diameter.
Bark / Trunk:
Dark greyish-brown, becoming lightly fissured with age.
Vigour / Longevity:
Hardy, moderate to fast growth.
Full sun to park shade, they can also handle air pollution and some coastal exposure.
Good for urban areas where conditions are poor and roots have restricted growing space.
Soil / Drainage:
Adaptable to a wide range of site conditions including quite dry conditions, slightly alkaline soils, able to handle intermittently wet, heavy soils.
May require regular formative pruning for strong limb, trunk and crown structure.
Best growth and flowering on moist soils, provide extra water in dry summers.
Fertilise with a complete fertiliser after flowering.
Pests / Diseases:
Borer, scale and aphid
A good foliage tree that flowers profusely and maintains an excellent, well balanced shape. Useful in smaller gardens as feature and shade trees. Street trees, avenue plantings, large parks and gardens.
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