Plant Care Chinese Parasol Tree

Chinese Parasol Tree

About Chinese Parasol Tree

Chinese Parasol Tree is a medium-sized deciduous tree in the mallow family native to Asia. It is noted for its large lobed leaves which can grow 8-12 inches across. In early summer, long panicles of yellow-green flowers occur followed by unusual seed pods. This tree is capable of becoming weedy due to seedlings and is considered invasive in some southern states.


Firmiana simplex

Also known as

Chinese bottle tree, Chinese parasol-tree, Chinese-bottletree, Japanese varnish tree, Japanese varnishtree, phoenixtree and sycamore-leaf sterculia

How to care for Chinese Parasol Tree


How often to water your Chinese Parasol Tree

Water needs for Chinese Parasol Tree
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese Parasol Tree needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Parasol Tree

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Chinese Parasol Tree in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Parasol Tree: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese Parasol Tree love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Chinese Parasol Tree does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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How to fertilize Chinese Parasol Tree

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Parasol Tree: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Parasol Tree after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese Parasol Tree is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Chinese Parasol Tree

Chinese Parasol Tree

Chinese Parasol Tree

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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