Height: 25'; Spread: 25'
Slow to moderate
Deciduous; upright, oval canopy with low branching habit. May have single or multiple trunks.
Glossy, dark green leaves, oblong, 1-2" long. New leaves have bronze tint. In fall, change to yellow, red, and orange before falling off.
Showy, crinkled flowers in red, pink, white, or purple appear in summer.
1/4-1/2" brown capsule in fall and winter.
Interesting, smooth, peeling bark with beige and tan blotches.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Moderate. Early pruning to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.
Drought (once established), any soil, some shade, and high winds.
- Special Considerations:
Does best in warm to hot climates. Fruit and flowers cause litter. Subject to mildew in cooler, moist climates.
- Notable Traits:
Native to China. Beautiful bark and flowers. May have single or multiple trunks. Popular street tree in Southern California.