Chinese parasoltree Sterculiaceae Firmiana simplex
Leaf:Alternate, simple, very large 3 to 5 lobed leaves (often maple looking), 8 to over 12 inches long and wide, very long petiole, bright green above, often fuzzy beneath.
Flower:Large (12 to 18 inches), upright, loose, terminal clusters of yellow-green flowers, appearing in mid-summer.
Fruit:Interesting pods that soon splits open into four petal-like sections (3 to 4 inches long); 1/4 inch round, reddish brown seeds are found hanging inside, ripen in late summer and persist into the fall.
Twig:Stout, green, large nearly circular leaf scar; bud large, round with numerous fuzzy red-brown scales.
Bark:Attractive, thin, smooth, green with paler greenish white stripes; on large specimens the trunk will develop shallow splits and turn gray-brown.
Form:An upright small tree with an oval crown reaching up to 30 to 40 feet tall.