About This Plant

Cedrela sinensis, or Chinese cedar, is a deciduous tree native to China and Taiwan, known for its prized timber and ornamental qualities. It typically reaches heights of 50 to 75 feet (15 to 23 meters) with a straight trunk and a broad, rounded crown. The wood of Chinese cedar is highly sought after for its durability and attractive grain patterns, finding use in furniture, cabinetry, boat building, and more.

The Story


The leaves are deciduous, pinnately compound, and typically composed of 7 to 17 leaflets. Each leaflet is lance-shaped and finely serrated along the margins. The foliage emerges in a fresh, bright green in spring, and as the season progresses, the leaves deepen in colour.


The tree may bear small, inconspicuous flowers that develop into clusters of winged seeds. The young leaves, known for their tender texture and mild flavour, are commonly used in Chinese cuisine.
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