Radermachera sinica (Hance) Hemsl.

Asian Bell Tree

Fast growing evergreen tree. Leaves bipinnate. Leaflets ovate-lanceolate to about 5 cm long, glossy. Flowers yellow, 6-7.5 cm long, but not produced easily on plants in containers. Fruits linear, up to 40 cm long.

SE Asia

Generally grown as an indoor tub plant but can survive outdoors in a sheltered spot in Melbourne.

R. sinica 'China Doll' has a compact habit. Also R. sinica 'Kaprima' Plant Varieties Journal 5(4)5. [Crystal Doll]


R. gigantea (Blume) Miq. is occasionally listed and is from continental SE Asia and Malesia; it has a narrow mauve corolla 3.5-4.5 cm long while that of the former species is yellow. The leaflets are also larger than those of R. sinica.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Bignoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Bignoniaceae
genus        Radermachera Zoll. & Moritzi