Botanical Name:Phellodendron amurense
Common Name:Amur corktree
Family Name:Rutaceae – rue or citrus family
General Description:Phellodendron amurenseis a medium to large shade tree with a broad spreading habit and beautiful cork-like bark. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, transplants easily, does best in full sun and is considered pollution tolerant. However, it has not performed as well in urban conditions as once thought and is too large and broad spreading for street tree use.Phellodendron amurense is dioecious. The fruit on female trees can be messy and set seedlings. Native to Northern China, Manchuria and Japan, it has become an invasive species in northeastern United States and is on the invasive species list in DuPage County, Illinois. For this reason, male cultivars are selected for use in the landscape.
Resources Consulted:Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
"The PLANTS Database." USDA, NRCS. National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA, 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014.
Swink, Floyd, and Gerould Wilhelm. Plants of the Chicago Region. Indianapolis: Indiana Academy of Science, 1994. Print.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Phellodendron amurense, Amur corktree, tree, deciduous