Chinese Parasol Tree (Firmiana simplex)

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Chinese Parasol Tree
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Botanical names:
Firmiana simplex Accepted
Sterculia platanifolia Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 40 feet to 50 feet
Plant Spread: 15 feet to 20 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Leaves turn a bright yellow before dropping in the fall.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Yellowish to creamy gray
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


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greene On November 15, 2014 Obtained plant
As the weather turned cold the leaves turned a lovely yellow color to show off their fall foliage.
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