|Phellodendron lavallei is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing 30 to 45 feet tall, with an equal spread. The leaves are opposite, pinnately compound, 10 to 15 inches long, and dark green, hairs on leaf underside. Overall effect is deep, lustrous green in summer, bronzy yellow is the fall color.
Flowers are not showy; yellowish green 3" panicles bloom in late spring. A small black drupe is produced which has a rather distinctive odor when crushed, borne on female trees only. The mature gray-brown bark is decorative, with ridges and furrows in a cork-like pattern. A suitable tree for large lots and park landscaping, which is generally free of pests. Very tolerant of soil conditions, drought and pollution. Several cultivars are available. Native to Japan.