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botanical name:
Xanthoceras sorbifolium
Xanthoceras sorbifolium © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Yellow Horn
synonyms:  Xanthoceras sorbifolia
family:  Sapindaceae
characteristics: tree
height: 8.00m
width: 6.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: May
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: alkaline
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Beautiful tree or large shrub with fine feathery deep green pinnate foliage. Erect panicles of white flowers in May. As they open and age, the centres change colour from greenish, through yellow and pink to deep carmine red. Black ellipsoid fruits containing an edible nut.

cultivation:
Well drained soil in full sun and warm position. Likes alkaline soils. Hardy but can be damaged by late spring frosts. Can be trained against a south-facing wall.


propagation:
From seed.

usage:
The nuts are usually roasted and are similar to macadamia.

other notes:
Native to Northern China.

Unusual in cultivation, deserves to be more widely planted.

RHS AGM

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