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San Antonio, TX
MF2786
Jun 3, 2018 7:18 AM CST
Hey folks,

I work in an aviary that has a lot of random, exotic plants in it. There is one particular tree that a lot of people ask us about, but we don't know the species. Can anyone shed some light on this mystery?

Description: Tall with multiple thin, green trunks. Really big leaves and small, yellowy-pink flowers at the very top. It is in bloom right now, and the flowers fall off easily. I'm located in San Antonio, TX. Here are some pictures. Thanks!

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Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Jun 3, 2018 8:01 AM CST
I think that is Firmiana simplex - Chinese Parasol Tree.
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greene
Jun 3, 2018 8:03 AM CST
(Cross posted)

Firmiana simplex aka Chinese Parasol or Chinese Umbrella. Invasive.

@Bubbles, can you take a look, please?
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MF2786
Jun 3, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Interesting. Thanks for the info!
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plantladylin
Jun 3, 2018 8:20 AM CST
It sure looks like Chinese Parasol Tree (Firmiana simplex) to me too!

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Bubbles
Jun 3, 2018 9:28 AM CST
I concur. It's a Chinese Parasol. I was "gifted" two of them a few years ago. We live on a limestone outcropping so the two haven't become invasive...yet. Rolling my eyes.

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