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Pterostyrax hispida
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Epaulette Tree

Pterostyrax hispida

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Pterostyrax

Pterostyrax hispida full sun

Here’s a hard-to-find ornamental tree named for its extravagance of creamy white, fringy flowers that dangle in fragrant, drooping clusters 9 in. long and 4 in. wide. Branching low with a widespreading, but upswept habit, this deciduous tree develops a teardrop form if the lowest branches are retained.

The light green leaves, gray-green beneath, offer yellow fall color that persists for some time, and contrasts nicely with the gray snakeskin bark, enhanced by orange-tan streaks. Shown to advantage on the bare branches of winter, clusters of small, fuzzy gray fruit are a bonus in arrangements. Aside from its year-round loveliness, which is best viewed in an elevated position, Epaulette Tree can tolerate wind, and clay or sandy soil. Large Band.

Blooms June.

Size: 15'–20' high x 10'–40' wide; hardy to zone 5.

Pterostyrax hispida (T-0018)
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