Xanthoceras sorbifolium

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Deciduous Tree
Plant Family: Sapindaceae
Plant Description: This somewhat uncommon small deciduous flowering tree is a showstopper in May, when it bursts with long clusters of five-petalled white flowers with red or yellow centers. Summer brings buckeye shaped seeds. The glossy, green, compound leaves are composed of 9-17 lance-shaped leaflets. Easily grown in a wide range of conditions.


Maintenance Type: Tree - Deciduous
Plant Care: Tree - Deciduous (single-stemmed woody plants that lose their leaves every winter): Prune regularly to promote health, provide air circulation, maintain a desirable shape, and to remove dead or damaged branches. Pruning is best done in late winter to early spring for most trees. With spring blooming trees, prune after the blooms are spent. Choose species that are resistant to pest damage. Monitor the tree for pests, diseases or other ailments on a regular basis. Protect the trunk especially where maintenance activities, such as mowing, may cause damage. Newly planted trees in areas with high exposure should have the trunk protected during the winter.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 8-25' tall x 10-25' wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Tree, Perimeter Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: White
Bloom Seasons: Late Spring
Bloom Period: May - Jun

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 7
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Moderate (1/2" every 7-10 days)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Unknown

Garden Location:

  • Design Path
    • Lots of Pots
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter