Coffee Tree, Soap Tree, Chinese Coffee Tree, Yunnan Bean Gymnocadus chinensis

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Botanical Name:

Gymnocadus chinensis







Common Name:

Coffee Tree, Soap Tree, Chinese Coffee Tree, Yunnan Bean

20-45 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: file or sand through the outer seed coat, or Soak in sulfuric or nitric acid for 25 minutes and wash under cold water for 10-15 minutes.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: sow 1" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Chinese relative of G. dioica, Kentucky Coffee Tree, planted for ornament and for timber, doubly compound leaves, substantial branches, flowers in clusters at the ends of branches, fruit a thick, flat pod. Several sources say that it is a relatively short tree compared with the American relative. This is an extremely rare tree, almost extinct in its native range.
* A deciduous tree growing to 12 m (39ft 4in) at a slow rate. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen in October. The tree can fix nitrogen.
* The fruit is high in saponins and is used as a soap for washing fabrics and thebody. Wood - hard, durable, finishes to a fine lustre. It is used for cabinet making. more...