• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 15 ft. tall, 12-15 ft. wide in ten years. To 25 ft. with age.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Early summer
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 15 ft. tall, 12-15 ft. wide in ten years. To 25 ft. with age.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early summer
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleRustic, Tropical
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers sandy loam to clay soil loam soil with pH range of 4.5 to 8.5. Best in dappled shade. Avoid planting in arid regions; best suited to cool, maritime climates, where it will tolerate more sun. Reliably hardy to zone 7, though foliage may exhibit some leaf mottling. May overwinter with slight damage in zone 6.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The forms of Trochodendron aralioides more widely cultivated in the U.S. originated in Japan, and are relatively well known and successfully grown in temperate climates along the Pacific coastal regions as well as the southeastern states. However, the range of hardiness of this species extends from Japan into much of S. China. In 1999, Dan Hinkley collected seeds of this species in the highest elevations of Taiwan. The resultant seedlings have proven exceedingly more vigorous than its Japanese counterpart.

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