Chinese Pearl-Bloom Tree

Poliothyrsis sinensis

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Weaverville, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 7, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A rare but attractive small flowering tree of upright, open habit. It may not win a popularity contest against a crabapple, redbud, or flowering dogwood, but it makes a nice garden-scale small tree. It's tough, adaptable about soil, and once established it's quite drought tolerant. The specimens in the Arnold Arboretum have no significant pests or diseases.

A friend received a rooted cutting for becoming a member of the Arnold Arboretum, and I grew it on for a few years before giving it back to him. It's grown quickly into an attractive tree.

The flowers may not outcompete a flowering cherry's, but they're pretty and make a significant contribution to the August-September garden. I'd call them a very pale creamy yellow. They are mildly and sweetly fragrant. Th... read more


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 ... read more