Toona sinensis 'Flamingo'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast
- Flowering period: July
- Hardiness: fully hardy (borderline)
A deciduous, often multi-stemmed tree, which makes a fine specimen in a sunny garden. In spring, the big, pinnate leaves emerge a bright salmon pink and gradually change colour to creamy yellow and later rich green in summer. The clusters of greenish white, cup-shaped flowers that appear in summer seem to dangle from the ends of the branches and are loved by insects. All parts of the plant are scented and the wood is often burnt in temples in Eastern Asia to infuse them with its delicate scent. The timber is also valuable for making furniture as it is very duarble and easy to work with.
- Garden care: In late spring or early summer after flowering lightly cut back any branches that spoil the symmetry of the plant and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. In autumn trim back lightly any branches that obscure the display of fruit.
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Comments about Crocus Toona sinensis'Flamingo':
This tree has a lovely shade of pink leaves when it comes out in spring. Turning to green by summer. But it is very slow growing. As an experienced gardener gave it the best conditions. But still surprised at how very slow growing it is.
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Q:How do you think this tree would fare in London clay soil, planted in a lawn?Asked on 19/5/2017 by lazybones from London/Kent border
I would have thought it would do quite well - providing the soil does not stay heavy and wet for any length of time, and you clear the lawn so that the plant has around 1m clear around the base of the stem.Answered on 22/5/2017 by Helen from crocus
Q:will this tree thrive in a lime/alkaline soil.Asked on 25/5/2015 by Ness from Cambs
This tree is not particularly fazed by the pH of a soil, and are generally happy provided the soil is rich in nutrients. Therefore, I would say that provided your soils pH is not too high, then it should be OK.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi Is it possible to order a multi stemmed plant?
Thanks :)Asked on 26/2/2013 by seasidespinner from Essex
A:Unfortunately we only supply a single stemmed Toona you could try searching on the RHS Plant finder to see who stocks it then you can call to see if they have a multi stemmed version. See link below
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/Answered on 27/2/2013 by Steve
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