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Xanthoceras sorbifolium

Shinyleaf yellowhorn, Chinese Flowering Chesnut

Hardy Tree

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Rare species that is one of the best small trees

Large panicles of fragrant white flowers

Attractive walnut-like fruit

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Rarely seen, Xanthoceras sorbifolium, also known as Shinyleaf Yellowhorn, is one of the most beautiful small deciduous trees.

Native to northern China, it has an upright, branching habit clothed in bright green leaves that are composed of small, toothed leaflets and resemble a Mountain Ash. From May to June it bears an abundance of large, fragrant panicles, about 20cm long, consisting of 5-petalled white flowers. The scented, nectar-rich flowers are highly attractive to pollinators and an interesting feature is the stain at the base of the flower, which opens yellow and matures to a deep carmine.

In a warm position, Xanthoceras sorbifoliium will go on to produce intriguing walnut-like fruit that resemble those of a Horse Chestnut except that they are held on long stiff stems. The fruit contains numerous pea-sized nuts which are said to be highly nutritious and used as an ingredient in Chinese cuisine. This is a highly unusual and special specimen tree for a warm sunny garden. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Height: 2.5-4m (8-13ft). Spread: 1.5-2.5m (5-8ft).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 2.5m (8ft)
Spread Up to 1.5m (5ft)

Hardy Tree

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1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (Height 30cm+) (KF3427)

A heat-loving species best grown in mild areas of the UK. Grow in full sun on well drained fertile soil, sheltered from cold winds and late frosts. Feed and water well until fully established.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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