TOONA SINESIS PINK TOON TREE EDIBLE LEAF TIPS TASTE LIKE ONIONS! $2.20

TOONA SINESIS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN! AN EDIBLE PINK TREE! A REAL MAHOGANY TREE THAT CAN BE GROW IN A POT OR AS A BONSAI – IS A FOOD SOURCE (THE GROWING TIPS ARE DELICIOUS AND HAVE AN ONION FLAVOUR) AND IT HAS A SPECTACULAR JAW DROPPING COLOUR TOO!

DEPENDING ON THE POLLINATION, WEATHER AND SOIL YOU MAY GET RED, ORANGE/RED (CALLED ORANGE FLAME), PURPLE, WHITE OR PINK OR A MIXTURE. SIMPLY AMAZING!

Toona sinensis (syn. Cedrela sinensis A.Juss.; Chinese mahogany, Chinese toon, or red toon (Chinese: ??; pinyin: xi?ngch?n; Hindi: daaraluu; Malay: suren; Vietnamese: tông dù) is a species of Toona native to eastern and southeastern Asia, from North Korea south through most of eastern, central and southwestern China to Nepal, northeastern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and western Indonesia.

It is a deciduous tree growing to 25 metres (82 ft) tall with a trunk up to 70 cm diameter. The bark is brown, smooth on young trees, becoming scaly to shaggy on old trees. The flowers are produced in summer in panicles 30–50 cm long at the end of a branch; each flower is small, 4–5 mm diameter, with five white or pale pink petals. The fruit is a capsule 2–3.5 cm long, containing few seeds.

The young leaves of T. sinensis (xi?ngch?n) are extensively used as a vegetable in China; they have a floral, yet onion-like flavor, attributed to volatile organosulfur compounds. Plants with red young leaves are considered of better flavour than those where the young leaves are green.

The timber is hard and reddish; it is valuable, used for furniture making and for bodies of electric guitars. Being a “true mahogany” (mahogany other than Swietenia), it is one of the common replacements for Swietenia mahogany (“genuine mahogany”) which is now commercially restricted from being sourced natively.

THE SEEDS ARE LARGE, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
Prefers full to part sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Soak the seeds in warm water overnight. Spread on a damp paper towel in a container or bowl with cling wrap over the top, and leave the seeds in a warm spot to germinate. Keep the paper towel damp.

OR

Plant seeds in Spring a clean pot with damp soil, add a very light covering of sand, glad wrap the entire thing and wait.

Once seeds germinate, using a pop stick, pot them up with potting compost and water in well – when you move them hold them by the leaves to be sure not to damage the roots.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-14 days at 17-25°C

Maturity
Deciduous tree growing to 25m.

 

Picture by Nadiatalent, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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