How to Start Chinese Trees from Seed


Many varieties of Chinese trees have made their way over to this side of the Pacific. The Chinese dogwood, toon, flame tree and jujuba are planted in gardens and landscapes all over the United States. Although each of these trees is from China, each has different needs. Before you plant your Chinese tree seed, first get to know the climate and soil requirements of the species to make sure it can survive in your yard.

Step 1

Take a sample of the soil in your desired planting site to your local county extension office. The resulting report will reveal the nutrients in and pH level of your soil. Compare it to the requirements of your Chinese tree to determine if any amendments need to be added to the soil.

Step 2

Prepare the soil. Use a pitchfork or hand tiller to dig out a 25-square-foot area that is 2 to 3 feet deep. Turn and loosen the soil and add any amendments that your soil report recommends.

Step 3

Prepare the Chinese tree seed if necessary. Certain seeds, like Chinese dogwood seeds, must be stratified before they are planted.

Step 4

Plant your Chinese tree seeds in early spring after all threat of frost has passed. The planting depth will be determined by the variety you are planting. Some require a few inches of soil while others need no more than 1/4 inch of soil covering.

Step 5

Water the planting area so that the soil is moist. Keep it moist until the seed germinates. Germination time will depend on the species of Chinese tree planted.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Hand tiller or pitchfork


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