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Poliothyrsis sinensis (@ Scott Arb)

Poliothyrsis sinensis

Chinese Pearlbloom

Chinese Pearlbloom is a very unusual small tree originally brought from China by E H (‘Chinese’) Wilson to the Arnold Arboretum. A distant relative of Idesia, Poliothyrsis has wonderful late summer flower interest, with airy ivory pyramidal clusters crowning the clean green foliage. The showy flower racemes are produced on reddish stems in August and September on current year’s growth. The effect is similar to a very late-blooming tree Lilac. The fall color is an attractive yellow, with interesting brown lilac-like seed capsules. The winter bark is a brownish gray.  The Scott Arboretum has several amazing specimens in their collection. Can be grown as a medium sized tree or a very large shrub.

Height

40 Feet

Spread

25 Feet

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone

6
Current Availability
Qty Avail Description Future Crop
10 Poliothyrsis sinensis #2 3-4' (ivory)
28 Poliothyrsis sinensis #7 6-8' (ivory)
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Fall Color - Attractive
Fragrant - Flower
Winter Interest
Bark
Seedheads
Soil Conditions
Average
Dry
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Tree Type
Shade
Street
Foliage Color
Green
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