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The snowdrop-like flowers and smaller-statured head are what bring Jack tree into the limelight. We believe this uncommon tree makes a tough and beautiful addition to the vast line-up of small flowering trees perfect for gardens in the Southeast (our clay and climate may be tough, but our plant pallet is awesome!).
The yellow fall color was quite nice this last fall of 2017.
It's not too picky about soils, but it must have an acid pH and be watered regularly until its roots penetrate the surrounding soil. Then we've found it to be quite drought AND heat tolerant in Zone 8a. We read it's heat tolerant down to zone 10b, but have not directly seen that for ourselves. We'd love to know about more about heat tolerance, so send or post a note.
Jack tree is a member of the Styracacea family. That means Sinojackia rehderiana is related to Styrax and Halesia trees. If you know those trees, you can envision this tree covered in similar-but-different flowers. The pictures show these flowers and how they appear at the same time the leaves are coming out (the floral display is by no means diminished by this trait).
small flowering tree ideal for smaller spaces
shade tree for smaller homes/buildings/patios/driveways where a giant tree is not desired
three season interest with white flowers in spring and clean/healthy leaves for shade in summer and yellow fall color
climate challenges: drought tolerant (but keep it consistently moist the first year to help it get established) and heat tolerant
USDA Hardiness Zones
Summer: medium green
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Soil Moisture Requirements
Soil pH Requirements
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Make sure it has acid soil pH and a well-drained soil.
I've never heard of this before. Will it do well in the Southeast? Yes, it loves the heat and is cold tolerant to zone 6.