Xanthoceras sorbifoliumis more commonly known by the names Yellowhorn, Shiny leaf yellowhorn, Chinese flowering chestnut, or Goldenhorn.
While this deciduous shrub is only natively found in northern China, it is commonly grown around the world because it is easy to grow as long as the correct conditions are provided.
Psgan yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium 'Psgan') photograph by Andrey Zharkikh.
Xanthoceras sorbifoliumrequires a decent amount of space as it can grow up to 25 feet (7.6 m) tall and 25 feet wide.
This shrub isn't prone to any major diseases or insect problems, which makes it a popular choice for gardeners looking for a lower maintenance plant.
Xanthoceras sorbifolium Shrub, photograph by Wendy Cutler; CC.
It produces many smallish white flowers with red centers in the spring. These star shaped flowers are about one inch (2.5 cm) wide. They are followed by green fruits.
The plant has long lasting pinnate leaves, flowers, and fruits are usually considered edible.
Xanthoceras sorbifoliumgrows best when planted in an area with full sun.
Ideally, the soil should be well-drained and loamy. However, this shrub is highly adaptable to multiple environments so it can be grown in partial shade, damp soils, and even tolerate some drought.
Chances of successful cultivation are best in zones four through seven (UK hardiness H7 (to below –20°C (-4°F), but may still require some sheltering during the winter to prevent the shrub from cold drying.
Xanthoceras sorbifoliumis typically used as a border plant due to its large size. It also makes a great specimen tree/shrub that can be used to provide shade when located close to a patio.
It's a relatively low-maintenance shrub that requires little to no pruning. Any pruning should be done between the late winter and early spring.
Xanthoceras sorbifolium Botanical Drawing sourced by Biodiversity Heritage Library ; CC.