Toona sinensis (Cedrela sinensis) 'FLAMINGO'

Toona sinensis (Cedrela sinensis)
Toona sinensis (Cedrela sinensis) 'FLAMINGO'
Chinese cedar
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-10m
USUAL WIDTH 1-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES ++multicoloured:deep pink a cream a green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
COLOUR OF FLOWERS white
BLOOMING TIME July - July
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
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Cedrela = Chinese cedar is a highly decorative small tree or multistemmed shrub whose leaves and young branches when crushed release a garlic-like scent. But no worry, the plant itself has only a light spicy scent and when in bloom in has a pleasant sweet fragrance.

Flamingo is a commercially successful and probably the only variety of Chinese cedar. It is cultivated for the fascinating colours of young foliage which emerges bright coral red to fuchsia pink, changing through pale pink to light yellow and beige, turning mid green with reddish stalks in early summer. The deciduous leaves are pinnate, 25-40 cm (or more) long and appear later than the leaves on other deciduous trees in spring. Autumn colour is yellow. Inflorescence are thin, pendent, 30-40 cm long racemes of tiny, white, fragrant flowers in midsummer.

Chinese cedar is a fast grower, mostly forming a multi-stemmed large shrub with few, short lateral branches so the plant’s shape is defined by the large foliage. It is said to grow about 8-10 m tall but more often is smaller because the best way to get a nice shrub with plentiful of bright coloured new leaves is to prune it hard every spring after frosts.

It is quite soil tolerant and will live in almost any well-drained soil. However, if you prune it hard on regular basis make sure the soil has enough nutrients to support new growth. Grow it in full sun and a warm location. It can take considerable periods of drought when established. Plants older than three years are fully hardy to about -24°C (USDA zone 6).

Last update: 06-02-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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