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Tree Details

Hardiness zone:
3 – 8
50 – 80
30 – 40 but tremendously variable
In youth: pyramidal; At maturity: more rectangular with wide spreading, massive branches
Best in full sun or partial shade
Sandy, deep, moderately moist soil preferable, but grows in almost any situation; very pH adaptable
Anthers in 1” long, green catkins
Plum-like in shape, tan to orangish in color, flesh is foul-smelling, only on female trees
Landscape use:
Excellent city tree or specimen tree for large areas
Native range is eastern China; introduced in 1784
Significant Features:
Exceptional vitality and handsome foliage; unique winter habit; magnificent yellow fall color; tolerant to air pollution


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Arboretum Consultant

Michael A. Dirr

Dr. Michael A. Dirr is a horticulturist associated with the University of Georgia. Dr. Dirr has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored seven books, including A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses. It has sold more than 250,000 copies.

Arboretum Consultant

Richard C. Webel

Richard C. Webel is managing director of Innocenti & Webel LLC, a renowned firm that specializes in architecture, landscape architecture and strategic planning. He collaborated on A Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel, published by Harvard University in 1997. In addition to presenting lectures throughout the United States, he has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.