Trochodendron araloides

Trochodendron araloides

Description: This very hardy evergeen deserves to be better known. Its tiers of branches are clothed in olive green leaves that look sensational throughout the year, espically in winter. Old leaves are shed as new are produced.The intriguing heads of green flowers, bourne on erect stems are produced in early summer, give a long lasting display. A favourite with flower arrangers and garden designers alike.

Climate / Position: Full sun or dappled shade. Dislikes a chalky soil.

Height / Spread: Can reach 3m in height by 2m spread.

Soil Requirements:Moist but well drained soil.

Pruning Remove wayward shoots in late winter to early spring to maintain a healthy framework.

Special Requirements:Neutral to acid soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

Found in the mountain forests in Japan and Korea and first Introduced to the UK in 1894. The name Trochodendraceae comes from the Greek trochos which mans 'a Wheel' and dendron meaning 'a tree' referring to the arrangement of the stamens, being rayed like the spokes of a wheel. It is very slow growing, but make sure it has plenty of space to fill out when mature.