Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest


{Picture of Yellowhorn}

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Tree: Small
  • Scientific Name: Xanthoceras sorbifolium Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Yellowhorn
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 12-15'
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Color: White
  • Habit: Oval
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable, but is extremely intolerant of wet sites. Full sun.

  • Notes:

    A small tree which is relatively rare in the nursery trade, but worthy of attention. It is quite splendid in May when adorned with long racemes of white flowers marked with a yellow patch which changes to red as the flower matures. The compound leaves are fine textured and persist into late fall. Persistent brown seed capsules are produced if more than one plant is present to provide pollination.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Renewal pruning is accomplished by removing the largest, oldest stems (generally 1/4 to 1/3 of the total stems) as close to the ground as possible. This will stimulate new shoots to develop below the cuts which will fill in the plant creating a more dense and pleasing habit.

    Renewal pruning should be done when the plant is dormant, late fall to early spring.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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