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Radermachera sinica, Stereospermum sinicum, China Doll, Serpent Tree, Crystal Doll

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 Radermachera sinica, Stereospermum sinicum
Family: Bignoniaceae
China Doll, Serpent Tree, Crystal Doll
Origin: South of China and Taiwan
small tree 10-20 ftshadesemi-shaderegular waterwhite/off-white flowersornamental foliagefragrantincuded in CD catalog

A popular houseplant, this tree makes a handsome outdoor specimen in mild or cool climates near the coast and has some drought tolerance once established. The large, compound, twice-pinnate leaves are very distinctive. A mature specimen has pure-white or cream long-tubed flowers that are said to be carnation-fragrant. A young plant tends to have a single vertical stem with a leafy crown of bi-pinnate, shiny leaves. As it matures, more branching occurs and there may be several stems from the base. Clean and handsome, the foliage has a subtle sub-tropical look and combines well with other plants of that appearance. The plant is easy to grow. Moist soil with good drainage. Provide bright light, but avoid any direct sun indoors. Prefers warm conditions, minimum 50F in winter. Water moderately, but do not let dry out between waterings. Can tolerate low humidity.

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 Radermachera sinica, Stereospermum sinicum, China Doll, Serpent Tree, Crystal Doll

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Radermachera sinica, Stereospermum sinicum, China Doll, Serpent Tree, Crystal Doll

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Name:David Pellarin
Location:Fremont, Ca
USDA Zone:9,1
26 Apr 2005, 12:23 AM
I'm aware of at least 2 mature flowering trees in Fremont. They've been around for years undoubtadly survived "The Great Frost of "89". This tree is hardier than most would expect!

China Doll
Stereospermum sinicum

Location: 36501 Niles Blvd.
Park: California Nursery Historical Park
District: Niles
Native to: Asia
Tree type: flowering
Leaf retention: evergreen


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Roadside Arboretum
Washington Township

The idea for a roadside arboretum sprang from a project done for the Museum of Local History in Fremont, California. The project was to locate and photograph the trees on the Landmark Trees list the city approved in 1974. In preparing the project, many additional trees were seen in Fremont (and in the surrounding cities of Newark and Union City) that could have, even should have been included. A few interested individuals got together and started the Roadside Arboretum of Washington Township to rectify this oversite, and to create, on our streets and boulevards, a world-class arboretum.

Name:Jim Turner
Location:Brisbane Australia
15 Dec 2006, 3:38 PM
Have seen this plant as rejected house plant 25feet high with vigorous root system growing in pedestrian access. Lat 27degrees. Use discretion when transplanting from indoors Regards Jim

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