|A round topped, densely branched tree, which can reach 30 to 50 feet in height. This variety has leathery, lustrous foliage, is fruitless, fast growing, drought resistant and salt resistant. The highly interwoven twiggy branches can give it an untidy appearance. It is fast growing, often seen in abandoned areas. Bark is a light orange-brown, foliage varies from yellow-green to dark green in summer, yellow in fall. The early spring flowers are not showy; small greenish catkins 1/2 inches long on the females, the males slightly longer. Subject to a variety of diseases, often infested with many pests in the southern U.S. Native to China, it was originally imported for the silkworm industry, it has now escaped and naturalized in many areas. Several cultivated varieties are available with superior traits.