General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: usually 25 to 40 feet, to 60 feet
Plant Spread: 25 to 30 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Other: half inch long, blue-black drupe in clusters of 2 or 3
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Common names
  • Chinese Tupelo

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 11, 2019 10:08 AM concerning plant:
    This tree native to central China is rare in cultivation in the US and in Europe. A few arboretums have some in the US. The Arnold Arboretum in Boston has one specimen. It is similar to the American Black Tupelo, but smaller. Its leaves are about 4 to 6 inches long. I don't see any purpose in growing it in the nursery trade in the US because it is not any better than any American species. The use of native species in their native country is overall better for ecology and aiding native insects and wildlife.

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