(Epaulette Tree) Native to Japan and China and introduced to the United Kingdom in 1875, Pterostyrax hispida has spectacular panicles of fragrant, white flowers (up to 25 cm long) which resemble epaulettes.
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Native to Japan and China and introduced to the United Kingdom in 1875, Pterostyrax hispida has spectacular panicles of fragrant, white flowers (up to 25 cm long) which resemble epaulettes. These eye-catching flowers appear in early to mid summer. The bright green leaves are similar in appearance to those of a Halesia (Snowdrop tree) in spring and summer and turn a pleasing yellow in autumn before falling.
Pterostyrax hispida is a slender and beautiful small garden tree, perfect for planting as a standalone specimen or as part of a woodland border.
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
- Hardiness: Hardy. Pterostyrax hispida appreciates shelter from cold winter winds.
- Flowering Period: July.
- Flower Colour: White
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Pterostyrax hispida grows to be a small vase-shaped tree.
- Height: up to 8 m (26 ft)
- Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
- Notes: Pterostyrax hispida is perfectly hardy but will flower much better in a hot, sunny position. Epaulettes are a type of ornamental shoulder piece or decoration used as insignia or rank by the military and other organizations.
- How Much Sun
- Full Sun
- Mature Size
- Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
- Special Features
- Catkins, Flowering Season - Summer (June - August), Honey Fungus Resistant, Scented