Gymnocladus chinensis - leaves in spring
  • Gymnocladus chinensis - summer leaves
  • Gymnocladus chinensis - leaves in spring

Gymnocladus chinensis

£45.00

(Chinese Gymnocladus) A very rare plant indeed and a new introduction to us here, Gymnocladus chinensis has huge, bipinnate leaves once established which are purplish in colour when they emerge in spring, turning dark green later in summer.

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A very rare plant indeed and a new introduction to us here, Gymnocladus chinensis has huge, bipinnate leaves once established which are purplish in colour when they emerge in spring, turning dark green later in summer.. These leaves are very unusual and large in appearance, looking nearly tropical.

Established specimens are very handsome, but although a tall tree in its native China, we expect it to be much smaller here in the United Kingdom.

Gymnocladus chinensis is reasonably winter hardy but will prefer a position which is warm and sunny in the summer and sheltered from strong winds. With its large, delicate leaves we expect that this tree will not be suitable for cold, windy areas.

Best suited for experienced and patient gardeners.


  • Position: Warm in full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Any reasonably well drained, fertile soil. 
  • Hardiness: Somewhat hardy. Gymnocladus chinensis requires shelter from cold winds and may require protection in cold winters until established. 
  • Rate of Growth: Slow.
  • Habit: Gymnocladus chinensis grows to be a small elegantly branching tree.
    • Height: Estimated up to 8 - 10 m (32 ft)
    • Spread: 6 (20 ft) - 8 m (26 ft)
  • Notes: Please be aware that Gymnocladus chinensis is a fickle and difficult plant if planted in a poor position, if disturbed once planted and can be damaged in cold winters without protection. As such, it is not covered by our guarantee.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Light Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft), Shrub - Large (over 10 ft)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Most Soils, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Dry / Sandy
Special Features
Leaf Colour - Purple/Red, Autumn Colour, Rare and Unusual, Leaf Shape - Unusual

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