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Maackia


Deciduous, Trees, Flowers

Related to locust (Robinia) andyellow wood (Cladrastis kentukea),these are small tomedium-size trees with leavesdivided like feathers into manysmall, narrow leaflets. Theygrow at a slow to moderaterate. Summer flowers resemblesmall sweet peas; creamy toyellowish white, crowded intoerect, 4–6-in.-long, spikelikeclusters. Flat, 2–3-in.-long seed-podsfollow the blossoms.Plants are not fussy about soil.Need minimal pruning.

Maackia chinensis, photo courtesy of Mark Turner
Maackia chinensis, photo courtesy of Mark Turner

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Maackia chinensis

Chinese nativereaches 20–30 ft. high andwide. Shrubbier than M. amurensis, with leaves divided into more and smaller leaflets. Foliage unfolds silvery grayish green, matures to dark green.

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