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Rhus chinensis

Rhus chinensis Rhus chinensis Rhus chinensis

Photo Locations: The National Arboretum - Washington, DC

General Notes

Branches droop but resist breakage.

Native to China.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Anacardiaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Rounded Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 15 - 20 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 36 Inches per Year.

Leaves Pinnately Compound Odd, Green, Red or Orange, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Summer. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Persistent, Red or Orange Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Light Brown, Rough.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as out of Leaf.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun.

Wet but Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Acidic to Alkaline Soil pH.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Scales, Canker, Leaf Spot, Powdery Mildew and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Special Uses & Values

Specimen, Buffer Strip or Container.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Rhus chinensis Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 22, 2018.
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