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Maackia chinensis (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)
Maackia chinensis (photo courtesy of Mark Turner)

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Maackia chinensis

Chinese maackia

Deciduous, Trees


Related to locust (Robinia) and yellow wood (Cladrastis kentukea), these are small- to medium-size trees with leaves divided like feathers into many small, narrow leaflets. They grow at a slow to moderate rate. Summer flowers, resembling small sweet peas, are creamy to yellowish white and crowded into erect, 4–6-in.-long, spikelike clusters. Flat, 2–3-in.-long seedpods follow the blossoms. The plants are not fussy about soil. Need minimal pruning.

Maackia chinensis

This Chinese native reaches 20–30 ft. tall and wide. Shrubby with leaves divided into many small leaflets. Foliage unfolds silvery grayish green and matures to dark green.

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