Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex  20 Seeds
Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex  20 Seeds
Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex  20 Seeds
Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex  20 Seeds
Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex  20 Seeds
Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex  20 Seeds

Chinese Parasol Tree Firmiana simplex 20 Seeds

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The Chinese Parasol Tree is a hardy, exotic tree from Asia that has large, lush green leaves and green branches. It has unusual, ornamental fruits that resemble parasols and the clusters of fruits are persistent and stay on the branches for months. In the springs, after the leaves grow, large clusters of small, cream-colored flowers appear on the ends of the branches. It is a small to medium-sized upright deciduous tree with a rounded crown. It is native to China, Korea, Japan and southeast Asia. It was introduced into the U. S. in the 1850s, and has naturalized over time in the Southeast from Virginia to Florida and Texas as well as in California. It typically grows 30-5ā€™ tall. It is perhaps best noted for its very large, palmately-veined, 3-5 lobed leaves (to 12ā€ across) that are bright green above and pubescent below. Leaves turn an undistinguished yellow in fall. Mildly fragrant, star-shaped, yellowish-green flowers (to 3/4ā€ wide) in long terminal panicles (to 12ā€) bloom mostly at the twig ends in early summer. Flowers give way to leathery capsules that split open when ripe (autumn) into 4 or 5 sections, each section containing 1 to 3 seeds. Smooth greenish bark on the young branches and trunk is somewhat unusual. Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9 where it is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in locations protected from strong winds. Best with regular moisture, although established trees develop some drought resistance.

Growing Instructions

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year.

  1. Place the seeds in a plastic bag and seal it. Store the bag in a refrigerator for 2-3 months.
  2. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Fill a pot with a mixture of half potting soil and half sand or vermiculite.
  3. Sow the seeds on the soil and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
  4. Water the container and leave it to drain.
  5. Put the pot in a warm, sunny area.
  6. Water the pot regularly so that the soil is moist but not wet.
  7. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are a few inches tall.