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Pterocarya stenoptera, photo courtesy of Richard Shiell
Pterocarya stenoptera, photo courtesy of Richard Shiell

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Pterocarya stenoptera

Chinese Wingnut
Juglandaceae
Deciduous, Trees

From China. Fast to 40–90 ft. tall, 30–50 ft. wide, with heavy, wide-spreading limbs. Clearly shows its kinship to walnuts in its leaves: 8–16 in. long and divided into many finely toothed, oval leaflets.

Foot-long clusters of small, single-seeded, winged nuts hang from branches. Good lookingbut has only one real virtue:it succeeds well in compacted,poorly aerated soil in play yardsand other high-traffic areas.Aggressive roots make it unsuitable in garden or lawn.

P. fraxinifolia, Caucasian wingnut, is similar but has slightly larger leaflets and longer nut clusters.

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