Dirr's Book on Hardy Tree's and Shrubs
says: "In July and August, the entire canopy of this tree is covered with creamy
veil of flowers. The flowers are borne in immense, 10- 14 inch diameter
panicles at the ends of the branches. In youth the habit is upright-oval,
coarse, gaunt, and not particularly attractive; with age, rounded massive and
impressive. The large, clubby, coarse stems are armed with stout,
broad-based prickles. Old trunks become gray-black and deeply ridged and
furrowed. The five to seven lobed, glossy dark green leaves are often 10 -
14 inches long and wide, lending an almost tropical appearance to the landscape.
Fall color is sporadic; occasional
yellow is about the optimum. Prefers moist, well drained soils, but is
adaptable. An interesting tree fro large scale use because of the foliage
and floral characteristics. Grows 40 to 60 ft high and wide. Zones 4 to 7,
native in Japan, Korea, China, Russian Far East."
I personally have no experience with it but it sounds
nice. Do you have one?
Hope this info helps.
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Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 7:16
Would like info on
sources for this tree, also comments about hardiness, etc.