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Firmiana simplex
Firmiana simplex

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Firmiana simplex

Chinese Parasol Tree
Sterculiaceae
Deciduous, Trees

Native to China, Japan. Slow growing to about 15-30 ft. tall and half as wide, with smooth, light gray-green bark. Trunk often unbranched for 4-5 ft. before dividing into three or more slender, upright, slightly spreading branches that carry lobed, tropical-looking, 1-ft. leaves. Each stem looks as if it could be cut off and carried away as a parasol.

Tree bears large, loose, upright clusters of greenish white flowers at branch ends in summer. Fruit looks like a green pea pod opened out flat, with seeds on pod margins. Leafless for long period in winter (unusual for such a tropical-looking tree). Tolerates all soil types. Does well in patios and courtyards protected from wind. Good near swimming pools.

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