Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


571

Tree
Perennial

Non-native: southeast Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it . It occasionally naturalizes near where it has been planted, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow->Red
Radially symmetrical
5 petaloid sepals
Petals absent

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Malvales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Firmiana simplex   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Firmiana simplex   FAMILY Sterculiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 123-01-001:
Firmiana platanifolia   FAMILY Sterculiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Firmiana platanifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Chinese Parasol-tree, Japanese Varnishtree, Phoenix Tree