Common name: China doll, serpent tree , emerald tree, cai dou shu
Radermachera sinica (Hance) Hemsl. APNI*
Synonyms: Stereospermum sinicum Hance APNI*
Description: China Doll Radermachera sinica (Hance) Hemsl., often grown as a houseplant, is possibly naturalised in the Sydney region as a garden escape. It can grow to be a tree to 10 m tall (and possibly up to 30 m) with usually bipinnate, glossy green leaves to 70 cm long, ovate to narrowly ovate or elliptic-ovate leaflets 2.5–7 cm long, and flowers with usually white, campanulate-funnelform corolla to c. 10 cm long.
Distribution and occurrence: native to southern and eastern Asia, including China.
NSW subdivisions: ?CC
Includes various cultivars.
Text by P.G. Kodela, June 2017
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