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Firmiana simplex - leaves on a young plant in late June
  • Firmiana simplex
  • Firmiana simplex - leaves on a young plant in late June

Firmiana simplex

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Firmiana simplex is an unusual small, spreading tree best in a sheltered position with very large dark green leaves and smooth, green young stems.

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(Chinese Parasol Tree) An unusual tree in the UK, Firmiana simplex has handsome, large dark green leaves which turn yellow in autumn before falling. The bark of young plants is smooth and vivid green in colour. Established specimens can flower but generally only in a hot summer.

Firmiana simplex tends to be narrow and upright when young, starting to spread once established. Although reasonably hardy, Firmiana simplex requires hot summers to grow well and so is best in hot, sunny gardens (preferably with shelter from strong winds) in the South of the UK. If planted in cooler, wet areas, they can be difficult and prone to die back.

  • Position: Ideally sheltered from wind in a hot position with full sun.
  • Soil: Well drained, fertile soil. 
  • Hardiness: Somewhat hardy. Requires a hot position to thrive & shelter from cold winds.
  • Flowering Period: Summer.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Firmiana simplex grows to be a small tree with a spreading habit once established.
    • Height: up to 6 - 8 m (20 - 26 ft).
    • Spread: 5 m (16 ft).
  • Notes: Firmiana simplex can be fickle and difficult if planted in a poor position and growing it is best attempted by experienced gardeners. As a result please be aware that it is not covered by our usual guarantee.

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Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems

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