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Amur cork tree

Phellodendron amurense

This spreading tree with a graceful habit bears glossy, dark green leaflets. Thick shoots grow quickly when young—and more slowly as the tree reaches maturity. In fall, foliage turns a handsome shade of yellow and the tree bears clusters of blue-black berries. Deeply corrugated, pale gray-brown bark is a striking feature; unfortunately, it doesn’t develop until the tree matures.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsGets its name from the Amur River, in the cork tree’s native range in northern China. Tolerates drought and a wide range of soil conditions. If planting near a patio or walkway, plant a male tree to avoid fruit. It is invasive in some areas.

CareGrow in full sun and most any soil.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in midsummer.

ProblemsInfrequent.

  • Genus : Phellodendron
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Plant Width : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Foliage
  • Uses : Shade
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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