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

Established specimens of Gymnocladus chinensis are very attractive, 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 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 gardeners.

Supplied Size: 3L pots (seed grown, approx 3 - 4 years old, 30 - 40 cm tall) - very limited availability this year

  • 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: Gymnocladus chinensis is a new plant to us and we will be planting one in our arboretum in 2012 to see how it fares. While apparently hardy, please be aware that although we usually guarantee plants for a year after purchase, we will NOT currently replace a Gymnocladus chinensis which is damaged or killed by winter cold.


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