Chinese Cedar Toona sinensis China

Chinese Cedar Toona sinensis China Stock Photo

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3414 x 5121 px | 28.9 x 43.4 cm | 11.4 x 17.1 inches | 300dpi

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28 September 2008



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Chinese Cedar aka Chinese Mahogany, Chinese Toon, or Red Toon, Toona sinensis syn. Cedrela sinensis, 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 m 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 young leaves are extensively used as a vegetable in China; they have an onion-like flavour. The fruit, bark, and roots are used in traditional Chinese medicine for a wide variety of conditions. 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. Outside of its native region it is valued more as a large ornamental tree for its haggard aspect. It is by far the most cold-tolerant species in the Meliaceae and the only member of the family that can be cultivated successfully in northern Europe.

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