Phellodendron amurense 'Macho'

Amur Corktree

Tips for Homeowners:

This tree will colonize when both male and female trees are present. 

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This male cultivar is a nice medium sized tree with interesting bark and is without major pest or disease issues.

  • Male, seedless selection
  • Somewhat vase-shaped tree
  • Attractive leaf characteristics and texture

Ideal for a very large yard and with short trunk is especially nice as a shade tree.  The fruit and leaves have a strong odor when crushed or bruised and should be placed accordingly to minimize discomfort.  Best in eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 30-45 ft
Spread: 30-45 ft
Zone: 4-7
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Amur Corktree:

This tree, though non-native, has made itself at home in some areas of the U.S.  The species have separate male and female flowers and produce seedlings freely when both are present.  The male cultivar retains the natural beauty of the habit, leaves and bark while eliminating the risk of seedlings from the female tree.  The male tree is not sterile and can still pollinate female trees if present.  Amur Corktree prefers moist, well-drained soils, but once established can tolerate short periods of drought.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Disease Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Naturalizing
  • Specimen
  • Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun


  • Upright

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Moist, Well-Drained