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RE: Chitalpa x tashkentensis

Subject: RE: Chitalpa x tashkentensis
From: Rupert Baker
Date: May 21 2020 17:57:04
Hi Tahir,
Down here it leafs in early may.
It is from 'central' China; native in montane slopes in C and E china, first 
described to Europeans by M'sieur Henry; introduced (to US originally) by 
Wilson.
With that origin it is likely to be pretty frost-hardy; my old American 
'Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture' - published 1901 - says that it has 
'proved hardy in favoured spots in the Arnold arboretum. This is in US 
hardiness Zone 6b - min temp -18 to -21°C - so should find UK a walk in the 
park. 
It is closely related to Idesia polycarpa, another choice tree I've grown in 
the past - lovely large leaves; very quick growing; both in Flacourtiaceae. - 
maybe another possible street tree for Ian??
Atb
Rupert

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info On Behalf Of Tahir
Sent: 21 May 2020 18:33
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: Chitalpa x tashkentensis

Rupert

I'd certainly never heard of it, sounds great do you know how it deals with 
late spring frosts? The lastest we;ve had here is May 26th

Tahir

On 21/05/2020 18:01, Rupert Baker wrote:
A bit small and broad as a street tree! - 1-2m .....
Why not go for Gingkgo - they make splendid, lightly canopied, tough, 
drought-resistant street trees; and about as far from Rosaceae as you can 
get.
If you wanted a nice, exotic tree with a name not many will have heard 
of, and a decent rate of growth, and narrowish habit, try Poliothyrsis 
sinensis Beautiful leaves, good spring & autumn colour, and flowering!
Atb
Rupert




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