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Xanthoceras sorbifolium AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Red and White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

shinyleaf yellowhorn

Family

Sapindaceae


Xanthoceras are upright deciduous shrubs with pinnate leaves and erect panicles or racemes of star-shaped wite flowers in late spring

X. sorbifolium is an upright, medium-sized deciduous shrub with bright green pinnate leaves composed of narrow, toothed leaflets. Red-centred, white flowers 2.5cm in width are borne in erect panicles to 20cm in length in late spring

Other common names

  • yellow horn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun, grows best in areas with very hot summers. In frost prone climates, provide shelter from cold drying winds in winter

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, take root cuttings or remove rooted suckers

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a leaf spot