Pterostyrax corymbosa

Pterostyrax corymbosa
Pterostyrax corymbosa 
little epaulette tree
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 3-5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME June - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°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

Epaulette tree comes from China and Japan. There are two very similar species and even though they are both called the same common name, this one often gets the epithet v. It is a mid-sized, often multi-stemmed tree or spreading shrub, about one third smaller than p.hispida.

Its main attraction are the pendent panicles of creamy white flowers in early summer. They do look like racemes but they are compound of secondary branches that bear individual flowers hence its botanical correct classification pendent panicle. The flowers are small, bell-shaped, with conspicuous stamens. The panicle itself is a good give away that helps you determine which pterostyrax you are looking at: p.hispida produces quite regular, slim panicles where the number of flowers gradually decreases downwards, and the tip of the panicle is decorated with usually only one or two flowers. While p.corymbosa makes panicles where its secondary branches are of almost even number of flowers and the bottom one does not aim downwards but lays horizontally as if reluctant to be the last one.

The leaves are deciduous, broadly elliptic or obovate, partly glossy, with conspicuous veins, rich green in summer, turning yellow in autumn. In very acid soil the autumn colouring can be enriched with orange and some scarlet red but is not guaranteed.

Grow epaulette tree in moist, neutral to acid soil rich in humus. It is fully hardy in our climate and often much smaller than in Japan where it can reach well over 10m. Being difficult to propagate it belongs to rarities. Hardy to min. -25°C (USDA zone 6) but plants older than 3 years with ripened wood can take down to -27°C for limited time.

Last update: 09-01-2014
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Pterostyrax corymbosa height 175-200 cm, width 40-60 cm
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Pterostyrax corymbosa height 175-200 cm, width 100-125 cm
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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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