|Kalopanax pictus is a large deciduous tree, usually growing 40-60 feet tall under cultivation. As a young tree, it is upright, with an ungainly appearance, in age it rounds out, gains mass, and is quite impressive and almost tropical in appearance. The bark on the stems is armed with large prickles, mature bark is almost black, with deep furrows. Foliage is similar to Liquidambar styraciflua in shape, dark green leaves above, lighter on undersides.
Fall color is usually yellow, occasionally red, but not brilliant. Flowers are white, summer blooming, multitudinous, clustered into large flat umbel-panicles of 12-24 inches, highly attractive to bees. In fall a tiny black drupe appear, devoured by birds. It is an excellent shade tree in large areas, quite hardy and trouble free. Native to Japan, parts of Russia, Korea, China.