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PlantFiles: Soap Tree, Chinese Coffee Tree
Gymnocladus chinensis

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Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gymnocladus (jim-no-KLAD-us) (Info)
Species: chinensis (chi-NEN-sis) (Info)

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Category:
Trees

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Profile:

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral davidbraun On Aug 26, 2014, davidbraun from Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

There are widely conflicting reports as to this tree's hardiness rating. Through online research and forums I have confirmed a report that this tree thrives in Adelphi, MD which is a Zone 6b. I ordered and germinated several seeds and will be planting them outside in the Spring of 2015 here in Castle Rock, CO at an elevation of 6,200 ft.

Regional...

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

Castle Rock, Colorado



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