Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Chinese Parasol-Tree
Firmiana simplex
Sterculiaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, very large, deeply palmately lobed, and with an entire margin and long, stout petiole.  Twigs are green and smooth with prominent, hairy, red-brown buds.  Bark is green and smooth with vertical thin pale stripes.  Flowers are in yellow terminal clusters.  Chinese parasol-tree is planted as an ornamental. 

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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