(syn. Maackia hupehensis) Fabaceae
Chinese Maackia MAK-ee-a chi-NEN-sis
- Broadleaf deciduous tree or shrub, grows to about 20-30 ft (6-9 m) tall with a somewhat greater spread, rounded habit. Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, to about 20 cm long, odd number of leaflets (often 11-13), each elliptic to ovate, to 2 cm long, base wedge-shaped (cuneate) to rounded, tip acute, margin entire, upper surface silvery gray when unfolding, then dark green, paler below. Flowers creamy white, appearing in late summer, borne in 15-20 cm spike-like clusters. Fruit (pod), flat, 3-7.5 cm long.
- Sun or partial shade. Adapts to many soil types.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (4)5 Native to central and western China. It was introduced into cultivation from seeds collected in China by Ernest Wilson in 1907. Similar to Maackia amurensis in appearance, but according to Jacobson (1996, p. 315) Maackia chinensis is a "superior ornamental, being less coarse, with more slender twigs and finer foliage." Foliage texture similar to that of Robinia and Sophora.