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Re: Kalopanax

  • Subject: Re: Kalopanax
  • From: "Jean Carpenter" <backhoe@ipa.net>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 20:25:02 -0600

    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.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 7:16 PM
Subject: Kalopanax

Would like info on sources for this tree, also comments about hardiness, etc.

Clyde Crockett

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