Alangium platanifolium

Common Name: alangium 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Cornaceae
Native Range: China, Japan
Zone: 7 to 9
Height: 12.00 to 15.00 feet
Spread: 12.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: June
Bloom Description: White with yellow anthers
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge, Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Good Fall
Fruit: Showy


Easily grown in fertile, moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Winter hardy USDA Zones 7-9. If attempted in Zone 6, site in a protected location.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Alangium platanifolium, commonly called alangium or lobed-leaf alangium, is a large deciduous shrub or small tree of the dogwood family (some experts assert it belongs in its own family of Alangiaceae). It typically matures over time to 12-15’ tall and as wide. It grows in a vase-shape when young, but rounds with age. It is native to Japan and Korea. It is noted for its attractive foliage and its small but showy flowers (somewhat resembling white martagon lilies). Broad, yellowish-green, cordate-based leaves (to 4-8” long) resemble the leaves of some maples, sycamores or London plane trees. Leaves turn an attractive yellow in fall. Leaves typically have 3-5 prominent pointed lobes with cordate bases. White flowers in June bloom from the leaf axils of the stems from the previous year in 1-7 flowered cymes. Each flower has six recurved, strap-shaped, white petals with long, showy, bright yellow anthers. Flowers are followed by egg-shaped fruits (drupes) which mature to blue in fall at the same time as the leaves begin turning a nicely-contrasting yellow.

Genus name comes from the Tamil name of alangi.

Specific epithet means the leaves (folium) resemble those of the plane tree, Platanus.


No serious insect or disease problems.


Understory part shade landscape plant. Patios and courtyards. Containers.