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.
- 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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