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Amur Corktree
Picture of an Amur corktree
Image by Justin Tso via Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution license
  • Latin Name: Phellodendron amurense
  • Family: Rutaceae (citrus or rue)
  • Other Common Names: Amur cork tree, Chinese corktree
  • Native to: Eastern Asia
  • USDA Zones: 3-7
  • Height: 30-45' tall
  • Exposure: Full sun

In some areas, this can be a good choice for an urban tree as it can tolerate a wide variety of conditions. Since it is able to reseed itself well, though, it has become invasive in other locations. You can help spread the control if you only plant the male versions of this dioecious tree.

This tree provides huáng bò, which is used in Chinese medicine.

Other invasive trees in this list include:

  • Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Blue gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • Box elder (Acer negundo)
  • Brazilian pepper Schinus terebinthifolius
  • Chinaberry Melia azedarach
  • Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum)
  • Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
  • Common ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia)
  • Glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)
  • Melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
  • Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
  • Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera)
  • Peruvian pepper (Schinus molle)
  • Quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
  • Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)
  • Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)
  • Tamarisk (Tamarix spp.)
  • Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
  • White poplar (Populus alba)

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