Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Radermachera

Specie: R. sinica


English Name:


Common Name:

"China Doll", "Serpent Tree" or "Emerald Tree"

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Bignoniaceae

Name in English: Jacaranda/Bignonia or Catalpa Family

The Plant

Origin: Southern China - Taiwan

Growth Habit: evergreen, tree/shrub, bushy

Flower: white, trumpet like

Blooming Period: rarely blooms indoors

Leaf: Bipinnate, broad, divided into numerous leaflets. glossy,dark green and lacy.


Indoor or patio plant, out door with tropical conditions

Care and Handling

Soil: general potting

Amount of water: Lots of moisture but well drained soil, medium humidity

Nutrition: every 2 weeks through fall with 10-10-10 diluted by 1/2

Special handling: Requires plenty of light, does not tolerate drafts, Grows best when root bound. Fairly new as house plant. Introduced in the 1980's.

Special feature/remarks:

Recent Dwarf variations have been released, often referred to as the Asian Bell Tree.