Firmiana simplex (syn. F. platanifolia) Sterculiaceae
Chinese Parasol Tree, Japanese Varnish Tree, Phoenix Tree fir-me-AH-na SIM-plex
- Broadleaf deciduous tree to 50 ft (15 m) tall, round headed, slow growing, with smooth gray-green bark.
Leaves simple, alternate, palmately lobed, 15-20 cm long and wide, base cordate, entire, glabrous
above and tomentose below. Flowers small, yellowish-green, in terminal clusters 20-30 cm long.
Fruit opening before it is ripe, becoming leaflike, pea-sized seeds on the margins.
- Sun or part shade. Adaptable to many soil types. Protect from wind.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7 Native to China.
- simplex: simple, the leaves