A 1901 introduction by the eminent plant hunter E. H. Wilson and a singular species in its own genus, this rare, elegant small tree hails from China. Tetracentron sinense fashions a broad deciduous canopy of gracefully arching branches draped with alternate, rounded heart-shaped leaves, which adopt new red growth in spring, serrated margins, textured palmate veins plus an overall Cercidiphyllum-like appearance. Minute clustered yellowish green flowers densely populate pendulous catkin-like spikes for summer intrigue, while orange and cardinal tones signal autumn. Favoring well-drained soil, light dappled shade and a sheltered spot, but sulking during hot humid summers, Chinese Tetracentron can be planted as a suave deciduous specimen in a lawn area or near a patio. Grows moderately
Size: 12' 0" – 20' 0" high x 8' 0" – 13' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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