Toona sinensis (Chinese Toon, Chinese Mahogany, Red Toon) is a deciduous tree belonging to the Meliaceae family. Chinese Toon is a medium-sized tree that typically grows to a height of 15 to 25 meters (49 to 82 feet). It has a spreading crown and a straight trunk. The foliage consists of pinnately compound leaves that are initially bright red or pink when they emerge in spring, turning green as they mature. In autumn, the leaves often turn shades of yellow or red before falling.
Native Habitat: Chinese Toon is native to eastern and central China. It is widely cultivated in its native range and has been introduced to other parts of the world.
Cultivation: Chinese Toon is cultivated as an ornamental tree and also for its edible leaves. It is valued for its attractive foliage and its ability to tolerate various soil conditions. It can be grown in full sun to partial shade.
Characteristics: The leaves of Chinese Toon are pinnately compound, meaning they are composed of multiple leaflets arranged in a feather-like pattern along a central axis. The leaflets are lanceolate in shape and have serrated edges. The bark of mature trees is grayish-brown and develops a rough texture with age.
Edible Uses: The young leaves of Chinese Toon are harvested and used as a culinary ingredient in some Asian cuisines. They have a unique flavor that is often described as a combination of onion and garlic. The leaves can be used in salads, stir-fries, soups, and other dishes.
Environmental Role: Chinese Toon provides habitat and shelter for various bird species and insects. It can also contribute to soil stability and erosion control with its root system.
Conservation Status: Chinese Toon is not currently considered a threatened species. However, as with any tree species, habitat loss and deforestation can pose challenges to its long-term sustainability. Conservation efforts and sustainable cultivation practices help maintain healthy populations.
Botanical Name : Toona sinensis
Common Name : Chinese Toon, Chinese Mahogany, Red Toon
Height : 40- 50 ft
Spread : 25 ft
Germination Info : Seed does not require a pre-treatment
Hardiness zone : 5-7
Other info : Quickly becoming a popular tree to raise for "Toona Sprouts".
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 1875