Xanthoceras sorbifolium at Roath Park Botanic Garden

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Xanthoceras sorbifolium
early May 2017

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Xanthoceras sorbifolium
late July 2018

Grid reference ST 18483 79066
Common name Shinyleaf yellowhorn
Common name Yellow horn
Origin China
Deciduous Yes
Height 3M May 2017
Girth 29cm @ 0.3M May 2017
Reference 521

This tree is on the east side of the western species border, 13M north of the rose garden arch.

Xanthoceras sorbifolium bark

Xanthoceras sorbifolium bark
early May 2017

Xanthoceras sorbifolium flower

Xanthoceras sorbifolium flowers
early May 2017

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Xanthoceras sorbifolium flowers
early May 2017

Xanthoceras sorbifolium leaf

Xanthoceras sorbifolium leaves
early May 2017

Xanthoceras sorbifolium fruit

Xanthoceras sorbifolium fruit
late July 2018

General tree description

Xanthoceras sorbifolium is a large shrub or small tree with an upright shape, growing up to 6 to 8 metres tall. It has bright green, pinnate leaves 12 to 30 cm long, comprising nine to seventeen lanceolate, sharply toothed leaflets, each 3 to 6 cm long. The flowers are white, 2.5 cm wide, with five petals and a red centre, produced in erect panicles (multi-stemmed) up to 20 cm long, in May. The fruits are oval capsules 5 to 6 cm across, dividing into three sections when ripe to release numerous black seeds, 1.5 cm diameter, similar to small horse chestnut seeds.