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PlantFiles: Chinese Pearl-Bloom Tree
Poliothyrsis sinensis

Family: Flacourtiaceae
Genus: Poliothyrsis (po-lee-oh-THUR-sis ) (Info)
Species: sinensis (sy-NEN-sis) (Info)


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dreamgreen On Oct 23, 2010, dreamgreen from Weaverville, NC wrote:

I love this tree. I got a 1 gallion size plant from Woodlanders Nursery in December of 2007 and it is now about 9 feet tall. I consider that fast growth. In my garden in western North Carolina [zone 7A/6B] it's leaves appear near the end of April. Attractive flower buds appear in the last half of May and begin to open in July. The flowers, borne in panicles, are cream colored and are individually quite small. The thing I really love about the tree is it's gorgeous foliage. The leaves are large and leaves at the branch ends have a beautiful burgundy tint which is maintained throughout the season -- quite show stopping. Their fall color is a yellow burgundy. My tree is in full sun and exposed to wind on soil that is average to dry.I've gardened both personally and professionally for 3 decades and have never seen another tree even close in appearance. Highly recommend. For more info try this link


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Weaverville, North Carolina

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