Hua xiang shu
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, small, 20-30 ft (6-9 m) tall, rounded crown. Leaves alternate, compound (odd-pinnate), 15-30 cm long, 7-15 leaflets, each leaflet ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 4-10 cm long, apex acuminate, margin serrate, dark green, without hairs when mature; when crushed have the fragrance of Black Walnut. Male flowers in erect catkins 5-8 cm long. Female flowers in solitary, erect, cone-like catkins about 3 cm long. Fruit is a small, winged nutlet, to 5mm, green, then brown, in a cone-like structure.
- Sun, best in moist, well-drained soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6 Native to central and southern China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.
- strobilacea: cone-like, a reference to the female seed catkin. A strobile is a cone or a flower cluster resembling a cone.
- Santa Cruz, California: U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum