Amur Cork Tree (Phellodendron amurense)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 30 to 45 feet
Plant Spread: 45 to 60 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Other: black drupe (berry)
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

large, old specimen

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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22large, old specimen
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22bark and trunk
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-22summer foliage
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-10-29tree in park in autumn
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 2013-02-25
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Location: MOBOT -   St LouisDate: 2013-03-03
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-06-16mature tree in shady park
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-06-16summer foliage
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-06-16trunk and bark upward
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-10-29fall leaves and black fruit
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 31, 2018 3:30 PM

Some larger, diverse conventional nurseries in the Midwest and Eastern USA sell the Amur Cork Tree, even a few cultivars of it. Like Black Walnut, it is not beautiful when younger, but if a tree is all by itself and full-grown, it is good-looking, even awesome. This species has escaped cultivation in southeast Pennsylvania along forest edges, which does not make me happy. It is sort of stinky, especially when the leaves or fruit are crushed. It is not as tolerant of hard urban conditions as some literature has presented it. It is dioecious, so that there are separate male and female trees. Three cultivars of it are male as 'His Majesty, Macho, and Shademaster,' which are better to plant than any females, so they should not escape cultivation. I don't think the fruit is really good for American bird species. It is a tropical-looking tree of medium-coarse texture. Its opposite, compound leaves are 10 to 15 inches long, dark lustrous green, with 5 to 13 leaflets. and the stout twigs have horseshoe-shaped leaf scars; with a poor yellow-brown to fairly good yellow fall colour. It is native to northern China and to Japan. There are supposed to be about 10 species of Corktrees in Asia, but they are not very different.

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