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Platyosprion platycarpum

Japanese yellow-wood

A deciduous tree, growing up to 30m (100ft) high on a straight trunk bearing grey bark, reaching 1.2m (4ft) in diameter. The crown is dome shaped with green leaves which consist of leaflets either side of the midrib and a single leaf at the tip. The tree produces white pea-shaped flowers with a yellow flush in the throat in April to June. It is very hardy and able to grow well in a location with sufficient room to reach maturity; where it receives full sun and in a moderately moist soil, anywhere in the UK.

Synonyms
Cladrastis scandens
Cladrastis platycarpa
Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Yellow Green
Summer White Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Fabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Name status

Correct

Plant range
Japan, China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows well in any well-drained soil in full sun.

Propagation

Propagate by seed, by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or by hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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