- Common Name(s):
- Korean sweetheart tree
- Shrubs, Trees
Korean sweetheart tree a small tree to large shrub in the bladdernut or Staphyleaceae family. This is a J.C. Raulston Arboretum introduction and it is rare to find in in cultivation. J. C. Raulston discovered Korean sweetheart tree in 1985 on the Korean Peninsula while participating in a U.S. National Arboretum collection expedition. He brought seeds back to the North Carolina State Arboretum for assessment and evaluation.
The bark is and incredible violet-chocolate with white stripes and is quite striking espeically in winter. It has incredible mahogony purple fall leaf color. This tree is very drought tolerant.
Seasons of Interest:
Leaves: Fall, purple; Bloom: Insignifigant spring; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Spring Bark: Winter
Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: No serious problems.
- 12-20 ft.
- Opposite, compound pinnate leaves (6-10” long), each leaf having 7-11 leathery, finely toothed, glossy, slender-pointed, ovate-lanceolate, dark green leaflets (to 2-4” long)
- Small, yellow flowers in terminal panicles to 9” long are unremarkable. They appear from May to June and are followed by heart-shaped seed capsules that turn an intense cherry-red in fall and open to reveal black seeds.
- Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
- Horizontal branches; open; irregular
- 10-15 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Thick, glossy, emerald green leaves
NCCES plant id: 1989