Chinese Cork Tree

Chinese Cork Tree – Phellodendron chinense

Chinese cork tree

This Morton Arboretum Chinese Cork specimen is 51 years old, grown from a graft

Phellodendron chinense

Trees to 15 m tall. Leaves 7-15-foliolate; rachis glabrous, thinly pubescent, or rust-colored tomentose; leaflet blades ovate-elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, 8-15 — 3.5-6 cm, papery, base cuneate to attenuate and oblique, apex mucronate to acuminate. Inflorescences and infructescence compact, rachis, branches, and pedicels robust. Fruit subglobose to ellipsoid, 1-1.5 cm in diam. Seeds 6-7 — 3-5 mm. Fl. May-Jun, fr. Sep-Nov.

Chinese cork

Chinese cork foliage and bark

Found in mixed broad-leaved, open to dense forests; 800-1500(-3000) m. Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang.

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