Xanthoceras sorbifolium – Xanthoceras sorbifolium – Garden plants – Xanthoceras sorbifolium – Shrubs

The Xanthoceras sorbifolium is a shrub or small tree native to China; it reaches 5-6 metres in height, with an average rapid growth.

The posture is erect, the stem is short and has an ample roundish top, formed by long arched branches, quite ramified, thin; the big leaves are finned, composed by several small leaves with serrated margin, of a pale green colour.

In late spring, it produces long arched racemes made up of numerous flowers with five petals, white, suffused with pink in the central part of the calyx, perfumed; in summer, the flowers are followed by small round, edible fruits.

This shrub has a spectacular flowering, the entire canopy is filled with countless white flowers, the leaves in autumn, before falling, tend to turn golden tones.

After flowering, it is best to remove the withered racemes and shorten the excessively long branches.



Xantoceras The Xanthoceras sorbifolium is best either exposed in a sunny or half-shade position. These shrubs don’t fear the cold, but it is always good to remember to shelter the very young specimens from the cold winter wind. When in the dormant phase, in winter, it can easily withstand temperatures between -10 °C and -15 °C.

Of course, this plant should be grown outdoors, but if very cold temperatures are expected it is best to protect it by placing leaves, straw or mulch on the surrounding soil to protect the stem and roots from the cold too intense.

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Xantoceras For the first years after planting, it is good to remember to water the plants, from March to October, during periods of particularly long drought; specimens of at least 4-5 years usually settle for the rains, although they like sporadic watering during the warm months of July and August.

When watering, it is advisable to wait for the soil to be dry before proceeding to repeat the operation, in order to avoid possible harmful stagnation. If the plants are planted in pots, they will need more frequency in watering than specimens planted in the ground.

In the spring, bury the mature organic fertiliser or slow release granular fertiliser, specific for flowering plants, at the base of the Xanthoceras sorbifolium.


Usually, the Xanthoceras sorbifolium love fertile, rich and very well drained soils, possibly with a not too high pH. To prepare an ideal soil you can mix good composting soil with peat and a small part of pumice stone with irregular grain size this to allow perfect drainage, avoiding the formation of water stagnations that would damage the plant.


Xanthoceras The multiplication of this tree usually takes place by seed, which is easily found, as the plant produces many fruits; in spring it is also possible to make cuttings, using semi-woody branches, to be planted for obtaining new seedlings.

Xanthoceras sorbifolium: Parasites and diseases

This plant is quite resistant to diseases, but it often happens that the flower buds are affected by aphids. An insecticide treatment and a fungicide treatment are often recommended to protect the flowering plant from parasite attack.

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