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Tree of the Month - July 2017

Posted: June 30, 2017 at 16:00 pm Author: Dan Crowley

What is tree of the month?

Chinese yellowwood or Cladrastis sinensis

Chinese yellowwood

Why is it tree of the month?

The Chinese yellowwood in flower is as beautiful a summer sight as any. The pinky-white flowers, held in panicles, appear in late July, complementing the attractive pinnate leaves that emerge incredibly late.

The species was introduced from China by Ernest Wilson in 1901 and is one of many genera that are represented in both eastern Asia and eastern North America.

Where can I find it?

Our largest tree grows on Holford Ride in the Old Arboretum (06.0038), with younger trees grown from seed of this tree are found in 2050 Glade close to Loop Walk (04.1199; 04.1210).

Find the plant using the Westonbirt map.