Firmiana simplex (Chinese Parasol Tree)

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Firmiana simplex (Chinese Parasol Tree) is a deciduous tree native to East Asia. It belongs to the Malvaceae family and is known for its distinctive large leaves and attractive ornamental features. The Chinese Parasol Tree is widely cultivated for its shade-giving abilities and its aesthetic value. Size and Appearance: The...
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Firmiana simplex (Chinese Parasol Tree) is a deciduous tree native to East Asia. It belongs to the Malvaceae family and is known for its distinctive large leaves and attractive ornamental features. The Chinese Parasol Tree is widely cultivated for its shade-giving abilities and its aesthetic value.

Size and Appearance: The Chinese Parasol Tree can grow to be a medium-sized tree, reaching heights of about 10-15 meters (33-49 feet) or more. It has a spreading canopy with a rounded or umbrella-like shape. The trunk is typically short and stout, with gray-brown bark that becomes rough and fissured with age.

Leaves: The most distinctive feature of Firmiana simplex is its large, palmate leaves. Each leaf is composed of 5-9 deeply lobed leaflets that radiate from a central point, resembling an open palm. The leaflets are glossy and can be up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) long. In autumn, the foliage turns a striking yellow or orange color before falling.

Flowers: The Chinese Parasol Tree produces small, bell-shaped flowers that are arranged in large, showy clusters at the ends of branches. The flowers have a yellowish color with red or orange markings and appear in summer. While the individual flowers are not particularly showy, the overall effect of the clustered inflorescences can be quite impressive.

Fruit: After flowering, the tree develops small, round, woody capsules that contain numerous seeds. These capsules persist on the tree even after the leaves have fallen, adding winter interest to the tree's appearance.

The Chinese Parasol Tree is valued for its fast growth rate and ability to provide shade in a relatively short period. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a variety of soil types. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and is relatively tolerant of urban environments and pollution.

In landscaping, Firmiana simplex is often planted as a specimen tree or in groups to create a focal point. It can also be used for shading outdoor spaces such as patios and courtyards. The large leaves and attractive flowers make it an eye-catching addition to gardens and parks. Pruning can be done to maintain the shape and remove any dead or damaged branches. Regular watering and mulching are beneficial for its overall health and growth.

Botanical Name : Firmiana simplex

Common Name : Chinese Parasol Tree

Height : 50 ft

Spread : 30 ft

Germination Info : Seed requires 60 days cold stratification 

Hardiness zone : 5-8

Average seed per ounce : Approx. 300

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