Firmiana simplex

A rarely used deciduous  tree comes from China and Japan and its huge leaves make a tropical statement without the tree its self being tropical. It will grow in anopen aspect and tolerate a range of different soils so there can only be one excuse for its lack of representation in Australian gardens, no one knows about it! I saw a lovely specimen in the park surrounding the eiffel tower when i was there last and in mid summer it was loaded with its clusters of exotic clusters of yellow-green flowers. Don’t let it stay in obscurity and plant one as a lovely shade tree in your garden. All and sundry will ask you what it is, they will learn something and you will sound smart. A win win if there ever was one! I have 2metre plants at the moment for $55, worth every penny.

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