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Euscaphis japonica

Common Name(s):
Korean sweetheart tree
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

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.

Height:
12-20 ft.
Foliage:
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)
Flower:
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.
Zones:
6-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil types
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Horizontal branches; open; irregular
Width:
10-15 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Leaf:
Thick, glossy, emerald green leaves
Tags:
deciduous, winter interest, bark, specimen, fall color

NCCES plant id: 1989

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Euscaphis japonica Flower, insignifigant
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Euscaphis japonica Fruit capsule black seeds