Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree
Vernicia fordii 'Airy-Shaw'
Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 60 feet
Spread: 50 feet
Hardiness Zone: 10a
Other Names: Tungoil Tree, China Wood-Oil Tree, Kalo Nut Tree
A small to medium sized tree with a spreading crown; the bark is smooth and thin, and bleeds latex when cut; pale pink flower clusters appear in spring before or with the leaves; leaves either heart shaped, or lobed; an interesting, unusual accent tree
Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree is clothed in stunning clusters of pink star-shaped flowers with purple eyes at the ends of the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The large heart-shaped leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Vertical Accent
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 90 years or more.
This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.
Airy-Shaw Tung Oil Tree is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.
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