Native to China and Japan, the Amur Corktree gets its name from its bark, which has a ridged and furrowed cork-like pattern. The unique and attractive bark does not appear until old age.
Its pinnately compound leaves are lustrous green in summer transforming to bronzish-yellow in fall. ‘Macho’ is a male (fruitless) variety.
Because the Amur Corktree is usually free of pests and is relatively tolerant of urban conditions, it’s an excellent choice for parks and other open areas within the city. However, it is now considered invasive.