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Firmiana simplex /Chinese Parasol Tree

Firmiana simplex  / Firmiana simplex
Tree in full flower on Louisiana State University campus
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Tree in full flower on Louisiana State University campus

Tree in late flowering and early seed stage

Close-up image of large, coarse textured leaves

Hanging seed pods the source of a multitude of seeds that spread this tree far and wide

Several trees can be planted in a small six to eight foot planting strip next to a building

Young vigorously growing trees


Large spreading umbrella-like canopy on mature trees

Green trunks on relatively young trees

Trees often produce multiple trunks

Smooth, satin-like bark surface

Flowers in advanced stage of maturity

Seeds hanging on walls of pods

Autumn color can be quite striking

Late autumn color

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Scientific Name: Firmiana simplex
Common Name: Chinese Parasol Tree
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Flower color: Green, Yellow, Orange
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Bark, Trunk, and Branch Features
Comments: Some drought tolerance is exhibited by this species. It has large, coarse textured leaves, smooth, green bark and yellow autumn color. Its name, Chinese parasol tree, comes from open seed pods; which open to look like an upside down parasols.