A rare and elegant tree native to parts of China, Cladrastis sinensis was introduced to the UK by Wilson in 1901 and has attractive green, pinnate (feather-like) leaves.
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A rare and elegant tree native to parts of China, Cladrastis sinensis was introduced to the UK by Wilson in 1901 and has attractive green, pinnate (feather-like) leaves. These leaves are more delicate in appearance than those of its American cousin, Cladrastis lutea and turn a strong yellow in a good autumn.
Once established this also has delightful panicles of upright, fragrant, white flowers in mid-summer although the tree can be five to ten years old before the flowers start making their appearance.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Well-drained, fertile soils.
- Hardiness: Hardy. Cladrastis sinensis will grow best in an area sheltered from strong winds.
- Flowering Period: June.
- Flower Colour: White
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Cladrastis sinensis grows to be a small or eventually medium sized tree in the U.K. once established.
- Height: 10 m (32 ft)
- Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
- Mature Size
- Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall), Tree - Medium (20 - 50 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
- Special Features
- Rare and Unusual, Leaf Shape - Unusual or Large, Flowering Season - Summer (June - August)