Idesia polycarpa - Chinese Wonder Tree

  • The Idesia polycarpa originates from China, it is a medium sized deciduous tree that can reach up to heights of 12m. The attractive leaves are large, glossy, smooth and heart shaped.

  • During early Summer the tree produces small, yellow flowers that are positioned in long drooping racemes. The flowers are known to be highly fragranced having the sweetest smell.

  • Both male and female plants tend to be required for the female plant to produce the striking red berries annually (although some fruit can form without a male plant nearby). The fruit is edible whether it is raw or cooked.

  • The Idesia polycarpa grows to its best when in full sun or half shade. It is somewhat drought tolerant and is hardy to temperatures as low as -15c.

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