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Chinese flame tree

Koelreuteria bipinnata

This umbrella shaped tree is a low water user. It has large clusters of tiny yellow flowers and small, pink, papery lantern-like seed pods.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Medium
Height:
30-40 ft
Width:
20-30 ft
Water Needs:
Moderate to Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
Spreading
Fall color:
Yellow
Flowers:
Yes
Growth Rate:
Moderate to Fast
Sunset Zones:
8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
Borers and scale
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
Yes, 5 1/2' planting strip

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 10 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 6 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 20 feet
  • between trees: 18 feet

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