at Digging Dog
A 1901 introduction by the eminent plant hunter E. H. Wilson and a singular species in its own
genus, this rare, elegant small tree hails from China. Tetracentron sinense fashions a broad deciduous canopy of gracefully arching branches draped with alternate, rounded heart-shaped leaves, which adopt new red growth in spring, serrated margins, textured palmate veins plus an overall Cercidiphyllum-like appearance. Minute clustered yellowish green flowers densely populate pendulous catkin-like spikes for summer intrigue, while orange and cardinal tones signal autumn. Favoring well-drained soil, light dappled shade and a sheltered spot, but sulking during hot humid summers, Chinese Tetracentron can be planted as a suave deciduous specimen in a lawn area or near a patio. Grows moderately
Size: 12' 0"–20' 0" high x 8' 0"–13' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.
Tetracentron sinense (T-0298)
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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
“I held my breath and opened the box (after a long delay in opening the delivered plants, due to catastrophic flooding), dug down through the damp paper shreds and found all the plants alive!!!! I'm so relieved. I had to write and thank you for the hardiness of the plants, and for packing them so carefully.... Thank you, Digging Dog. I'll be back.”
~Jane in New Hampshire
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