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botanical name:
Trochodendron aralioides
Trochodendron aralioides © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Wheel Tree
family:  Trochodendraceae
characteristics: tree
height: 6.00m
width: 4.50m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: light green
main season: Spring
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 8
description:
Unusual large shrub or small bushy tree with neatly arranged, alternate, leathery leaves, New growth is reddish bronze. Erect racemes of small pale green flowers in late spring.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained, lime-free soil in sun or part shade with protection from strong winds.

usage:
Good, interesting foliage.

other notes:
Native to Japan, southern Korea and Taiwan. Rare in cultivation.

pronounced: tro-ko-DEN-dron a-ray-lee-OY-deez

Botanically curious because the flowers exhibit "cryptic dioecy", that is whilst they are functionally perfect, individual trees are either strictly protandrous, releasing pollen before stigmas are receptive, or protogynous, stigmas receptive before the anthers release pollen.

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