List of Trees 1-30 Chinese Parasol

Firmiana simplex

Family: Sterculiaceae

The Chinese Parasol tree has a very unusual appearance for a deciduous tree, having smooth green stems and bark and large three to five lobed bright green leaves that can measure 12 inches across. It can cast as much shade as an actual parasol. In June or July, 10-12 inch long, yellow/green blooms appear and are followed by the production of peculiar pods which split open into four petal-like sections to reveal the small, round seeds. These pods are used in winter decorations.