SelecTree: Tree Detail
CHINESE PARASOL TREE
Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, LA County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC, Cal Poly State University - San Luis Obispo, CA, San Antonio Botanic Garden - San Antonio, TX and UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA
Native to China and Japan.
Previously listed in the Sterculiaceae family.
Additional Common Names
CHINESE PARASOL TREE, VARNISH TREE
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval or Rounded Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 15 - 35 feet.
Width: 15 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Lobed and Palmate, Medium to Light Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Green or White. Flowers in Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown or Mostly Green Capsule, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Dark Gray, Light Gray or Green, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Scales.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Firmiana simplex Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/firmiana-simplex >