• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attractive Shade Tree
    Late Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:kol-ru-TEE-ri-a pan-ik-u-LA-ta
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 24
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 30 ft. high, 25 to 35 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Late Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasThis is a highly recommended shade tree for its tidy habit and well-behaved root system. Its deep, non-invasive roots make it an approved street tree in many cities. Plant in narrow parkways and near patios. A good tree to plant under.
    Companion PlantsCrape Myrtle (Lagertroemia); Variegated Pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira); Lantana (Lantana); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Rock Rose (Cistus); Red-Leaf Plum (Prunus x cistena)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This tree was introduced to the west from China by the Jesuit missionary, Pierre d'Incarville in 1747. The trees were under successful cultivation in Jardin du Roi by 1763. The tree reached America by 1809 when Thomas Jefferson first germinated seeds sent to him by a French associate. It has since become a popular landscape tree worldwide.
    In China this tree was commonly planted to mark the graves of important officials, and it's often found on temple grounds throughout eastern Asia and Japan.