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Pterocarya stenoptera - Chinese Wingnut

Pterocarya stenoptera is a fast growing tree related to the walnut. The Chinese Wingnut can grow to 70 feet or more both tall and wide. The trees we planted were 25-30 feet in 3 years. The Chinese Wingnut prefers regular water. Pterocarya stenoptera requires some thinning to clean up crossing branches. Space should be provided for the impressive trunk and for the surrounding soil to be lifted by the roots. The Chinese Wingnut seed catkins hang a foot off the branches, the foot long divided leaves do an impressive job of screening and providing shade. Pterocarya stenoptera is hardy to -10° F.

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Pterocarya stenoptera, Chinese Wingnut